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Ads out for justice center work
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Liberty County is advertising for firms to manage and perform construction of its justice center. Two years is allowed for completion of the $16-18 million building.
County Administrator Joey Brown said the county is moving ahead through the request for proposals and the request for qualifications methods to engage a construction management firm.
The county and the construction managers will then ask for bids for each phase of the construction, such as site preparation, plumbing and electrical.
"This will give us a better look at our contractors and subcontractors. We want to make sure we know who they are -- and we will try to use local firms as much as possible."
Brown said he hoped a construction management company would be selected in April, and that bidding could then begin in May or June.
The 100,000-square-foot, three-story Liberty County Justice Center will include four courtrooms, judges' offices, holding cells, clerks' offices and space for support activities.
The center will be in downtown Hinesville, along Main Street, between the Heritage Bank Operations Center (old Coca-Cola plant) and the former Labor Department building.
Brown said the county completed property acquisition for the justice center about a year ago, and the city of Hinesville was finalizing purchase of two tracts on West Court Street to be used for parking for the center.
Firms interested in providing construction management are to attend a mandatory, pre-proposal conference March 19. Proposals must be received by April 3.
The construction management firm will be rated based on a system of points. Up to 25 points can be awarded for relevant project experience, 10 points for minority and women participation, etc.
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