WARNER ROBINS -- At the first Redevelopment Agency board meeting of the year Monday, an architect credit of $18,150 and new fee schedule were announced for the Law Enforcement Center project.
Board members at the meeting received updates on the police headquarters and the Georgia-Robins Aerospace Maintenance Partnership -- the city’s two biggest active projects.
Construction on the new police headquarters will cost a maximum of $6.98 million, and the architecture fees will cost about $560,000. About $347,000 has been paid to JMA Architecture, according to a document handed out at the meeting.
“Now we know what these fees are, and as the money is paid out, we have records of how much is being paid,” said board member Doug Hayes, manager of the LEC project.
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The new fee schedule, which is due to an increase in construction costs, will be incorporated into a contract amendment and will be signed within the week, said RDA Executive Director Gary Lee.
Hayes said JMA Architecture is extending a $18,150 credit to allow the city to contract with Multivista, which would document every stage of the project and incorporate it into an interactive database for record keeping.
“If you have a problem in the future and the problem is behind a wall, you know where that problem is,” Chairman Bill Douglas said.
The architecture firm already has extended the city a $15,000 credit, which was mostly due to unused site designs done before the current board took over the project.
Lee said the Law Enforcement Center is well on its way to being erected, with plans in motion to move Thrifty Car Rental from needed land this week. The business currently sits where the front door of the LEC is slated to be built at Watson Boulevard and North First Street.
Aside from the savings the city has reaped from the JMA credits, Hayes said architects and construction company International City Builders have found even more savings in the construction of the building. They have reviewed the next couple of stages in the project and found ways to trim the budget.
“As we go through the project, if there are any ways to save money, then we’re going to do that,” Hayes said, noting the changes wouldn’t impact the soundness of the building or the appearance of plans already approved.
Purchasing agent Mark Baker said site work, which includes infrastructure for the building, has been approved. A pre-construction meeting was held last week to finalize plans with utility companies, including AT&T and Flint Energies, according to minutes from that meeting.
Also at Monday’s meeting, the board was told Robins Air Force Base is working on comments received on a recent environmental assessment for G-RAMP. The details of the comments were not given at the meeting, and Douglas said he did not know what they were.
Once the base finishes with the comments, a full report will be issued to the city of Warner Robins, Doulgas said.
Warner Robins Mayor Chuck Shaheen has said the environmental report gave the project the “finding of no significant impact” it needs to move forward.
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