Mandatory pre-bid meeting was held two weeks ago

by: SUBMITTED ILLUSTRATION: GROUP MACKENZIE - A large black walnut tree will be preserved when the new police station is constructed at the corner of Eighth Avenue and 13th Street in West Linn.The city is officially accepting bids for the construction of a new two-story, 20,024-square-foot police station.

The building, which was designed by the Portland-based Group Mackenzie and will be located on the corner of Eighth Avenue and 13th Street, is targeted for completion in late spring of 2014.

This particular project is the result of an $8.5 million general obligation bond measure approved by voters in November of 2011. The West Linn Planning Commission approved the necessary conditional use permits for the project during its meeting on Feb. 20.

A mandatory pre-bid conference was held May 1, and bids are officially due by 3 p.m. June 5.

The city will then make its decision and send an official notice to proceed to the winning bidder on June 19. According to a memo from City Manager Chris Jordan, the city council will schedule a special meeting, if necessary, to adhere to that schedule.

According to project manager Bob Galante, a total of 27 firms attended the pre-bid conference. Of those 27, Galante said nine or 10 were “prime” contractors who would qualify to take on the entire project. Other attendees represented smaller firms that might look to team up with larger contractors to provide additional services.

The new police station will be one story from the front and two levels in the back due to the slope of the property. The architecture and design firm Group Mackenzie won the $615,544 contract with the city to complete the project and began the design process last summer.

The main floor of the police station will house office and public spaces while the lower level will be more operational with spaces for training and evidence storage.

The plan also includes two parking areas, a public lot with 19 spaces and a gated and secure lot capable of holding of up to 45 police vehicles. The police parking area will be covered, which is important for officers to quickly enter and leave the station in inclement weather, according to police Chief Terry Timeus.

The current police station was built in 1936, and according to Timeus it is no longer equipped to serve the department adequately. He said the new station will improve efficiencies and make the officers’ jobs easier.

The new facility will be designed to withstand a seismic design category D earthquake, provide emergency dispatch and operations capability, accommodate training, evidence processing, storage, operations, communication and staffing needs for officers and K-9 units.

The city owns the footprint of the old building but not the surrounding land or parking lot — that’s owned by the West Linn Paper Company. There are no plans yet for what will replace the old station.

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