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Monroe City Council Awards Renovation Contract to Envision Builders of Wixom

Post Date:09/20/2017 4:09 PM

Posted to www.monroenews.com August 22, 2017
By Danielle Portteus 

Monroe City Council approved a contract for reconfiguring space at City Hall. The contract was awarded to Envision Builders of Wixom for $306,100 with an 8 percent contingency. The item passed 5-0 during Monday’s council meeting. Councilwoman Kellie Vining and Councilman William Sisk were excused from the meeting. No discussion took place. 

The Wixom contractor was the low bidder on the project, which included two others — The Spieker Company from Perrysburg, Ohio, and Davison Building & Development, LLC in Monroe. Kohler Architecture’s contract was authorized to be increased up to $20,000 for construction oversight services and previously incurred design costs associated with the project, a memo to city council said. 
In addition, council set aside $28,000 for purchasing cubicles and telephone and computer network wiring from the project budget. 

City staff has been discussing the reconfiguration of city hall for many months. For the last six months, Kohler Architecture has been helping the city with a comprehensive review of space needs and conceptual layout options for reconfiguration. Initially, the city reviewed the possibility of incorporating the Monroe County Treasurer’s office, Register of Deeds and Equalization Department as a consideration to use their existing building for a possible new Central Fire Station. After reviewing the possibility, city and county staff determined that move to be too costly. Later, the council approved moving the fire station to the former Lincoln Elementary School site. 

Though the county departments are not part of the city hall renovations, there are significant modifications needed to accommodate the engineering, building and planning departments, community development and clerk treasurer’s office, said Vincent Pastue, city manager, in a memo to council. As part of the renovations, the third floor of city hall will be renovated to accommodate the Engineering Department and Public Services staff. On the first floor, the Clerk-Treasurer’s office will be renovated and reconfigured to include modifications to the front counter space to make it ADA compliant and to expand the footprint of the office. 

The work will begin in September.