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Construction of new Emergency Operations Center to start soon
Posted on: 04/10/2013
By  Andy Rex

Washington County is one step closer to a permanent Emergency Operations Center.
The commissioners yesterday awarded five contracts for the construction of the center, to be located in a part of the Children’s Services building on Davis Avenue.  
 
“The architect, David Haught, presented his recommendations on the bids," Commissioner Tim Irvine told WMOA.  "He reviewed the bids after they were opened last Thursday.  He made recommendations to us.  It turned out that all of his recommendations were the low bidders.”
 
The general construction contract was awarded to Phoenix Associates; Carver’s Plumbing received that contract; Tropic Air was awarded the HVAC contract; Axis Electrical was given that contract; and Brewer and Company was awarded the fire suppression systems contract.  Irvine says the total amount of the contracts is just over $371,000, and Irvine says work is expected to start soon. 

“We hope to start construction either Monday, April 15 or Monday, April 22," Irvine says.  "We hope that the project is substantially complete by the first of June.”
 
The county aggressively began pursuing a permanent EOC after the storms of last summer, and were awarded a matching grant from the Ohio Emergency Management Agency.  Irvine says they weren’t notified the grant was received until mid-December last year.      

“Basically, the grant wanted us to have the project completed by the end of June," Irvine says.  "So, we basically had six months from start to finish.  At this point, we’re pretty good on time.  I think we’ll still be able to meet the deadline of the end of June.”
 
The county will receive a reimbursement of half the costs of design and construction up to a maximum of $237,500 once the project is completed.
 
 
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