By Andrew Carter
Demolition work began Monday at the site of the proposed Delaware County judicial center.
Crews started the process of tearing down the former Elks Lodge building located at 110 N. Sandusky Street in downtown Delaware. County Manager of Facilities Jon Melvin told the county commissioners on Monday during their regular meeting that he hoped the structure would be razed to the ground by the end of the day.
“It appears to be on schedule,” Melvin said. “They’ll hopefully be bringing down the building (Monday). They won’t start hauling out anything until probably (Tuesday). AEP has moved the utility poles and the construction fence is up. Work is beginning.”
When completed, the $32 million facility will feature a three-story, approximately 82,000-square foot office building, seated on top of a two-level parking garage. The upper two floors of the office building will be dedicated for use by Delaware County Common Pleas Court.
Melvin said the lower level of parking will be accessible from the county parking lot along North Union Street, while the second level will be accessible from the alley adjacent to Delaware Seventh Day Adventist Church. He said a third area of parking will be accessible from North Sandusky Street. There will be a total of 155 new parking spaces.
Melvin said Silling Architects Inc., of Charleston, W.Va., is the lead firm for the project. Complete construction documents will be available in December.
The project is scheduled for completion in June 2017.
In conjunction with the project, the county commissioners approved a contract with CTL Engineering, Inc., of Columbus to provide testing and inspection services that will be performed throughout the duration of construction. The fee for services is not to exceed $224,980, according to the contract. That amount includes all direct labor, payroll burden, general and administrative overhead, profit travel, equipment and other materials.
Melvin told the commissioners that Lend Lease (US) Construction Inc., of Columbus, which is serving as construction manager for the project, has also approved CTL Engineering, Inc., to provide the services.
“There’s a whole matrix of services provided by Lend Lease for this bid,” Melvin said. “(CTL) will inspect soil compactions, rebar as it’s being placed for concrete forms, fire-proofing, water-proofing; there’s a whole litany of tests they provide during the whole construction project.”
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Melvin said the county has contracted with CTL Engineering, Inc., in the past for other projects.