SIOUX CITY – The architect of the new Woodbury County Law Enforcement Center told Sioux City Council members Monday that the majority of the deep foundations and foundation walls are on the nearby 38-acre site. from 28th Street.
“They have started installing some of the shallow foundations. Many underground utilities and mechanical, electrical and plumbing have been installed and continue to be installed,” said Kevin Rost, of Goldberg Group Architects. , during a project update, which was presented. at the regular council meeting.
Rost said precast concrete makes up the majority of the building’s exterior, as well as the interior of the detention areas. He said there was plenty of structural steel on site for the roof and the rest of the building’s framework. Prefab steel cells, a key component for inmate housing, are expected to arrive from Georgia in mid-August, according to Rost.
Sioux City Mayor Bob Scott asked, “How long until the streets reconnect…for those of us who live there and run around your detour taking forever?”
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Currently, one of the two lanes on Outer Drive near 28th Street is closed due to the addition of a turning lane and will remain closed for approximately three months, with a traffic control device.
Shane Albrecht of the Baker Group said single-lane traffic on 28th Street is expected in August.
“There will be three days during this period, the road will be completely closed while they dump it for safety reasons,” he said.
In June 2020, the Law Enforcement Authority, a joint city and county board overseeing the project, approved a $58.4 million contract with general contractor Hausmann Construction. The projected cost to build the LEC was $68.7 million as of mid-May.
The Law Enforcement Authority identified $69.68 million in funding, including $14.2 million from the county’s share of federal American Rescue Plan Act funds.
Kenny Schmitz, director of county building services, thanked the entire council for their efforts, especially Mayor Pro Tem Dan Moore, a member of the Law Enforcement Center Authority.
“I think this is probably a landmark project, where a county and a city, at least in Iowa, came together on a project of this size,” he said. “It is much appreciated. I would also like to thank Dan who devotes many hours to help us.”
During the board’s comments portion of the meeting, Moore noted that he appreciated the county’s transparency on the project.