By Nick Worth
Work is moving forward on the new Navajo County Public Works Complex, which will be located just west of the county complex at the intersection of highways 77 and 260 in south Holbrook. County crews started work on the pad a month ago, according to Public Works Director and Assistant County Manager Homero Vela.
“Pubic works is bringing in material and compacting it,” said Vela. “We’ll be testing it for compaction. The testing will be done by an engineering firm.”
Vela said the pad work should be complete by the end of this week. He added that the compaction testing would have to be completed before the project’s contractor, Haydon Building Corporation (Haydon), will begin work on the $4.5 million project.
Vela said a construction manager at risk contract with a guaranteed maximum price would be presented to the Navajo County Board of Supervisors at their regular meeting on Tuesday, Nov. 12.
“They’re going to develop a guaranteed maximum price, with construction to start at the end of November,” said Vela. He added that a groundbreaking ceremony would be held following the Nov. 12 board meeting.
According to Vela, Haydon is also working on a subcontractor outreach program to reach out to local contractors.
Two meetings will be held on Thursday, Oct. 24. The first meeting will be held from 8 to 11 a.m. in the Supervisors’ Chambers at the Navajo County Complex in Holbrook. The second meeting will be held from 1 to 4 p.m. in the Frontier Conference Room of the Health Department building at the south county complex in Show Low
“The purpose of the meetings is to provide information to our local contractors so they can bid on work on the complex,” said Vela. He said Haydon would be choosing the subcontractors based on the qualifications of the firm, as well as cost.
The company is placing ads notifying contractors of the meeting in The Tribune-News and other local media.
The public works complex, which will contain all the public works offices, plus the new Navajo County Road Yard, is scheduled for completion by the end of October of 2014, said Vela.
By Nick Worth