JPJ complex takes shape

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By Jennifer Garcia

Masonry block is beginning to cover the bare exterior walls and windows are being hoisted up to fill empty holes in the Judicial/Police/Jail Complex.

Things seem to be taking shape as crews work diligently to construct the new facility on the corner of Oppenheimer and Trinity.

So far, the project is on schedule, on budget and moving along smoothly, but as with any project, there have been a few obstacles along the way. According to Capital Projects and Facilities Director Anne Laurent, the main challenge at the moment is maintaining an occupied and functional police building while the construction continues. However, in order to remedy this situation, temporary staff moves are being made, as necessary.

In addition, the new fiber installation slated to take place in the coming months will also be a significant undertaking for crews working on the project. Laurent said there would be significant advance coordination to minimize the potential for any problems.

So far, the following progress has been made on the project:

Area A — Jail building:

• The placement of masonry block started on April 13 and is progressing well and is about 98 percent complete.

•  Ongoing work is being done to the electrical rough in in the masonry walls.

• Ongoing work is being done to the plumbing rough in.

•   Last week, the concrete for the roof deck/future second floor was poured.

• This week, the shoring for the concrete roof deck/future second floor was started and will continue into next week.

•    The backup generator was placed in the new generator room, including a few electrical panel boxes.

Area B — Existing police building:

•  New interior walls are being put up for the new IT data and telephone rooms.

• Drywall has been placed in the IT data and telephone rooms.

Area C — Courts building

• The rubber roofing membrane on the flat roofs is about 98 percent complete and the raked metal roof is 60 percent complete.

•   The installation of windows started last week.

• Soundproofing and drywall hanging is rapidly progressing.

•  Interior insulation is ongoing.

•  A few light fixtures were installed.

• Elevator installation was started last week.

•    Interior and exterior stone veneer installation is ongoing.

•    Electrical and plumbing work is ongoing.

•    The interior and exterior light gauge framing has been completed.

•    The stucco metal lath and exterior sheeting has been completed and the exterior plastering will begin soon.

•    Mechanical ductwork is also ongoing.

Laurent said that staff has been getting positive feedback on the exterior stonework. In fact, the Art in Public Places Board was working on selecting a piece of artwork to be put on one of the exterior walls of the JPJ, however they are reconsidering that move after councilors commented on how nice the exterior looks.

“The Board decided to hold off on a decision on the artwork for the JPJ as there has been some comments by council members, about how the building is looking so nice as it goes further along and we may want to reconsider where we put the artwork, as well as the type of artwork that might be chosen,” Art in Public Places Staff Liaison Stephani Johnson said.

Overall, Laurent seems to be pleased with the project’s progress. “The stucco is being installed and staff is working closely with the manufacturer to ensure a quality installation,” she said. “In general, good progress is being made and the team is working very well together,” she continued.

The courts and detention areas of the building should be completed by the end of this calendar year, while the entire project is expected to be finished by the middle of 2010.