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Dickinson to get public works building: Multi-million dollar project planned on Broadway Street

With a price tag of nearly $17 million, ground will be broken later this year for a new public works building that will consolidate three city buildings into one campus on Broadway Street in Dickinson.

At its regular meeting Tuesday at City Hall, the Dickinson City Commission unanimously approved a bid from Shingobee of Loretto, Minn., as general contractor, Central Mechanical of Mandan as mechanical contractor and Berger Electric of Dickinson as electrical contractor to build a public works building, vehicle bay and animal shelter.

"I don't think we have to take action today on specifically how it will be funded," Commission President Dennis Johnson said. "But we do need to take action on whether or not to approve these bids."

The building is anticipated to cost $16.7 million and should be paid for as it is complete, Commissioner Gene Jackson said.

"I don't foresee a lot of contingency items," said Jan Prchal, architect of the project from Hulsing and Associates. "If there's some changes made or if somebody wants to do something differently that sometimes happens in the process, but I don't foresee any big changes."

Prchal, who has worked with Shingobee before, said it mostly manages construction projects and sub-contracts out most of the work in North Dakota. The city would have full approval over sub-contractors.

The animal shelter portion will cost less than $500,000.

The city plans to sell the current public works buildings once construction is complete, City Administrator Shawn Kessel said. Southwest Water is considering purchasing land near the existing water building.

"I anticipate that we would either sell those buildings to multiple buyers or a single buyer," he said, adding the revenue from the sale of the buildings could help offset the cost of construction.

The city plans to keep the Baker building to house slower-moving equipment like street sweepers because it's more efficient to keep them downtown.

Gary Zuroff, public works director, spent his second day on the job attending the bid process for the building.

"I don't know how many times that a new public works director in the second day on the job can be at the bid opening of a multi-million dollar public works facility," he said. "So that was exciting."

In other news:

The commission unanimously approved a $40.5 million State Revolving Fund loan to help pay for the wastewater reclamation facility that is currently under construction.

The city is allowed to draw funds from the amount as needed to pay for project costs, City Attorney Matt Kolling said. The interest rate for the loan is 2.5 percent fix-rate for 20 years.

Katherine Grandstrand
I graduated from Bemidji State University in 2007 with a bachelor's degree in mass communcations, from Columbia College Chicago in 2009 with a master's degree in journalism.  
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