Departments | Sheriff | In the News | New Cerro Gordo County Law Enforcement Complex - On budget, mostly on schedule
Article written by Bob Link and used with permission from the Globe Gazette, published on Wednesday, April 18, 2007.
MASON CITY - Bricklayers continue to stack sidewalls on cells at the Cerro Gordo County Law Enforcement Complex.
|Supervisor Phil Dougherty walks towards the main entrance in the east side of the Law Enforcement Center.|
Front offices, meeting and court and evidence rooms as well as the garage are all taking shape.
Members of the North Iowa media were given a sneak preview of the $12 million building Tuesday morning.
Leading the tour, Cerro Gordo County Sheriff Kevin Pals said the 140-bed jail and Sheriff's Department complex is on budget and mostly on schedule.
|Sheriff Kevin Pals talks with Dave Roederer of StrataVizion while standing in what will eventually be his office.|
Earlier in the day the Cerro Gordo County Board of Supervisors approved the first change order on the project.
The change, which addressed eight different areas of the plan, resulted in just over $26,800 in costs. But engineers say the project remains within the construction budget.
"With the cold and windy weather earlier, and then a couple of snow days last week, we're probably about 10 days behind," said Dave Snyder of Dean Snyder Construction, the general contractor of the project.
|This is a look inside the female maximum security area.|
"But with the season changing, we'll be able to catch up," he said.
Snyder said the project was on pace for completion in December.
He said because of the way the facility needs to be constructed, the roof would be placed on the jail cell area early this fall.
Dave Roeder, president of StrataVizion Consulting Group Inc., who worked with the Sheriff's Department in planning the jail, said construction has gone well.
|A crane holds one of the pre-fabricated concrete walls of the main jail in place on the west side of the Law Enforcement Center.|
"We have not encountered anything that has given us any major problem," Roder said. "A lot of times, you start building and you find something, but other than minor adjustments, we haven't had any problems."
Roeder credited the Sheriff's Department and jail administration for putting together a good plan.
"I think it will be a facility that the public can be quite proud of," he said. "But after all, it is a jail and hopefully a facility that most people will never have to use."
|This is the lobby off the main entrance to the Law Enforcement Center. Administrative offices are to the left. The courtroom is to the right.|
Pals said once consruction of the complex is completed, there will be a transition time, which will allow the staff to become familiar with the facility, before inmates are moved into the new jail.
He said during the transition time the public will be given an opportunity to see the facility.