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County chooses Scull for new social services building

Stark County Commissioners Tuesday selected Scull Construction to build the county's new Social Services building. The building will likely be located south of CHI St. Alexius Health, on Fairway Street. The current 12th Street West offices no lon...

Stark County Commissioners Tuesday chose Scull Construction to lead the construction of a new Social Services building. The estimated $7 million project is being designed by JLG Architects. (Brandon L. Summers / The Dickinson Press)
Stark County Commissioners Tuesday chose Scull Construction to lead the construction of a new Social Services building. The estimated $7 million project is being designed by JLG Architects. (Brandon L. Summers / The Dickinson Press)

Stark County Commissioners Tuesday selected Scull Construction to build the county's new Social Services building.

The building will likely be located south of CHI St. Alexius Health, on Fairway Street.

The current 12th Street West offices no longer meet the agency's space needs, and the 40-year-old building is meeting the end of its life expectancy.

Offices for North Dakota State University Extension and Sunrise Youth Bureau, currently both located at 1340 Villard, will also be included.

The project is estimated to cost roughly $7 million, and will be paid from the county's capital expenditures fund.

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Scull Construction in 2018 completed an expansion of Stark County Courthouse.

"It was very close," Commissioner Russ Hoff said. "There were three that we interviewed and Scull is the one that was chosen. I think from what we've seen before with the courthouse they'll do a good job."

JE Dunn Construction and Roers Construction, both of Dickinson, were also interviewed.

JLG Architects was chosen in August to design the new building.

A meeting Thursday between the county and JLG will determine occupancy and design to better establish costs.

"I can promise you one thing. It will be paid for," Commissioner Ken Zander said. "There will be no debt."

Commissioner Jay Elkin added, "And we need that building."

In other business:

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Justin Hyndman, KLJ Engineering, provided an update on county projects.

The Green River Bridge on 109th Street is nearly finished.

"The bridge itself was completed in early spring" Hyndman said.

Seeding and erosion control took place Tuesday, with the project expected to be wrapped up by Friday.

A project to replace three county bridges with box culverts is nearly complete.

One bridge was located at 104th Avenue, south of Dickinson by Schefield, and the other were on 47th Street south of Gladstone.

All three culverts have been set, Hyndman said. Of the three, only one needs to have grading completed.

The project is expected to be completed by Oct. 19.

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A low water crossing for Green River at 35th Street Southwest started last week, with the box culvert set in place by Martin Construction Inc., of Dickinson

There are some concerns weather might affect pouring for a concrete apron and meet an Oct. 19 deadline.

"As long as we get that material in there, we shouldn't have an issue," he said.

With the new bridge, traffic on the road will likely increase tenfold, Heiser said in April.

Jeremy Wood, Northern Plains Engineering, reported on a 99th Avenue box culvert project in Lefor currently in progress.

"They started on it last week and today they're going to be setting the box culvert," Wood said. "The culvert is actually coming out of Rapid City, so they're going to get a later start than normal, but that should get finished by tomorrow morning."

The project, including insulation and grading, should be completed next week, Wood said.

The road department has tackled more projects this year than any other, Zander noted.

"I don't think there's a county in the state that laid nine box culverts and one bridge and used county funds for them," Al Heiser, county road superintendent, said.

Zander applauded the department's efforts this year.

"I think the road department deserves a little recognition because of the amount of quality work that's getting done out there," he said. "And it's all safety driven."

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