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Animal shelter project moves a step forward

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By Jennifer Garcia

The county's homeless pet population is a step closer to getting new digs after Tuesday night's Council meeting. County councilors passed a motion awarding RFP No. 2009-1653 to the team of Klinger Constructors, LLC and Mullen Heller Architecture PC for the construction of an animal shelter at 246 East Road.

Though three of the seven councilors were out of town a quorum of four, consisting of Councilors Frances Berting, Ken Milder, Robert Gibson and Michael Wheeler, unanimously passed the motion. The motion was moved by Councilor Wheeler and seconded by Councilor Berting.

The motion awards Klinger Constructors, LLC and Mullen Heller Architecture PC $933,535 plus applicable gross receipts tax for the construction of the proposed animal shelter; and asks that a project budget in the amount of $1,278,380 be established. The motion also directed staff to return to Council with an associated budget revision to formally revise the Animal Shelter Project Budget. Councilor Wheeler further moved that Council authorize the County Administrator to execute the associated design-build contract documentation in a form acceptable to the county attorney.

According to county documents, three options were presented to council regarding this project. The first option would have awarded the Team of Klinger Constructors LC and Mullen Heller Architecture PC a reduced amount of $915,504 plus applicable gross receipts tax for the construction of the animal shelter and further asked that an animal shelter construction project budget in the amount of $1,200,000 be established. The second option would have awarded the same companies an amount of $933,535 plus applicable gross receipts tax for construction of the animal shelter and ask that a project budget in the amount of $1,220,272 be established, and directed staff to return to Council with an associated budget revision to formally revise the animal shelter project budget. The third option, which is what the Council chose, awards the construction and architect companies $933,535 plus applicable gross receipts tax for the construction of the animal shelter and asks that a project budget in the amount of $1,278,380 be established. The option also directs staff to return to Council with an associated budget revision to formally revise the animal shelter project budget. Now that option three has been chosen, staff will be required to return to Council with a budget revision to increase the total project budget to the approved amount.

Though the fiscal impact will be $1,278,300, this amount does not include fixtures, furniture or equipment for the animal shelter. Although some of the existing animal shelter furniture and equipment can be reused at the new facility, funding for the remaining FFE requirements will need to be addressed when the design is better defined.

The proposed schedule for construction of the animal shelter sets a date of Sept. 29, 2008 for the county to issue a Notice to Proceed. In early October, the contractor will conduct interviews with shelter staff, Friends of the Shelter and the Los Alamos Dog Obedience Club to ensure program requirements are met. An open house, showcasing the schematic design is tentatively set for Nov. 6, 2008.