The county purchasing agent has been instructed by the Commissioners Court to begin the bidding process for a CMAR – Construction Manager at Risk – for construction of a new Animal Control facility and Emergency Operations Center (EOC).
The county is contracting with Magee Architects for both buildings.
The bulk of the cost for the EOC will be paid through a grant.
Commissioners had to get the ball rolling on the new building or else lose about $700,000 in funding.
County Judge Darrell Cockerham said it would have made no sense to delay construction of the new, larger nerve center for handling catastrophes or significant emergencies.
“Otherwise, that $700,000 would have to come out of the county’s pockets,” he said Wednesday.
The county’s IT department, which also is in need of better quarters, will be moved to the new EOC.
The building is planned for an area near the Law Enforcement Center on Deputy Larry Miller Drive.
Both Animal Control and the EOC are projected to be completed by February 2014.
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