Humboldt County juvenile center to be completed November 30 – Times-Standard


After more than four years of construction, the new Humboldt County juvenile facility is expected to be completed by the end of November.

“We’re finally seeing some light at the end of the tunnel,” said Tom Mattson, Humboldt County public works manager. “Based on everything we’ve been through with this project, I think we’re all going to breathe a big sigh of relief when it’s finally over. “

The Humboldt County Miner’s Hall Replacement Installation Project paved the way for Eureka in April 2017 with an expected completion date of August 2018. More than three years after this target date, the tentative completion date is November 30.

“The project was originally a 500-day schedule to be completed on August 16, 2018, but there have been significant delays,” Mattson explained. “We laid off the contractors due to a competitive delay, we had to negotiate with the contractor (Western Surety Company), weather delays and COVID-19.”

The first phase of the project, consisting mostly of the building itself, was approved by the state fire marshal in April after 1,485 days of construction. Following the approval of the Fire Marshal, “county correctional staff have transferred the young residents, their associated services and day-to-day operations to the new facility which is currently fully operational,” according to a staff report.

Phase two – currently 95% complete – includes construction of new playgrounds, demolition of the old miners’ hall, underground utility partitions, secure parking areas for county vehicles, and interior renovations. of the probation building.

The initial contract for the project was for $ 15,388,000. Previous adjustments totaling about $ 250,000 and the four additional change orders that must be approved by the Humboldt County Board of Supervisors on Tuesday add up to a total project cost of $ 15,776,407, Mattson said.

“These additional costs are covered by the established emergency funding, but require the approval of the board of directors. In fact, we are not asking for additional money, it is money that has already been allocated to the project, ”said Mattson. “The change order is something that occurs during construction, which is not covered in the original plans. Usually you come across some things that are not covered and then you need to negotiate with the contractor. Every project has contingency funds dedicated to it early on because we know these things are going to happen, there’s just no way to cover it all.

Supervisors will also consider a request from the county probation department for an additional budget in the amount of $ 35,000 for the replacement of furniture in the new juvenile room.

“The funds for the replacement of the furniture come from the Probation Trust Fund (Fund No. 3782) which has a current balance of $ 1,722,376,” according to the staff report. “The funding for this purchase comes from Title IV-E and would come under the administrative costs associated with the program. None of the furniture purchased reaches the capitalization threshold. There is no impact on the General Fund.

Both agenda items appear on the consent calendar and will likely be approved by the board in one motion, unless withdrawn by a board member.

The Humboldt County Supervisory Board meeting will begin at 9 a.m. on Tuesday. The meeting can be viewed virtually on

Isabella Vanderheiden can be reached at 707-441-0504.

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