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Oregon City Council on Monday will consider paying Poggemeyer Design group $892,336 to provide additional design services and work associated with the construction of the Oregon Municipal Complex Energy Improvement & Building Upgrade project.

Last year, the city approved a $2,963,000 contract with Poggemeyer for the design and construction of the project.

It was anticipated during last year’s capital budget process that the project would expand once underway in response to unanticipated, necessary structural or energy improvements, according to City Administrator Mike Beazley.

“We said this would be an ongoing project. As we opened up the roof, we would find things. We actually found worse things than we thought,” said Beazley.

“Also, we chose to add additional energy savings and building improvements that were originally intended to be scheduled for 2016 as it became clear that it would be less costly and less disruptive to fold them into the ongoing project,” he said.

Final project costs ended up coming in approximately 30 percent higher than anticipated projections to meet the needs of the expanded project.

“This was among the most expensive buildings per square foot to heat and cool of any buildings you might find just because the way it was put together,” said Beazley.

Mayor Mike Seferian said the municipal complex has needed considerable upgrades for the last several years.

“We knew this building was in dire need of a lot of work. We weren’t sure what we would find. And even though you see a significant additional cost, it was somewhat anticipated because we had a couple of options on what we could do with this building – rehab it or replace it. If we were going to rehab it, we were going to try and come up with a building that was worth using for a good number of years,” said Seferian. To replace the building would have cost several millions more, he added.

“Once we chose the route of staying in this building, if we found things along the way, we wanted to virtually take care of all the problematic things that showed up. And that’s what this cost reflects,” said Seferian.

The objective of the project is to improve energy efficiency, lower the costs of operating city buildings, provide long needed repairs to infrastructure and to make the municipal facility more attractive and comfortable for the public and city workforce.

“We are confident that the completed improvements will achieve our objectives, though the poor condition of our building infrastructure did cause us more delay than we would have liked,” said Beazley. “This ordinance completes the funding for the improvement projects at our complex.”

The expansion of the project focused on four primary areas:

• Deteriorated roof decking, inadequate duct work, inadequate roof drains, unmitigated asbestos;

• The investment of additional funds to make facilities more attractive. “We updated our Water Distribution building façade and did basic cleanup at that site,” said Beazley. “We chose to invest in longer lasting metal roofing materials to provide for longer useful life and to lower our capital needs in the coming decades.”

• Upon the discovery of the deteriorated roof deck, the city decided to replace lighting, ceiling tiles, grids, and pads. “We chose to make additional upgrades to the East Wing, and then concluded that it would not be prudent to depend on the aged piping for HVAC systems once we reviewed their condition. We also spent additional funds on the bore field as it became clear the initial budget would not meet the needs of the project,” said Beazley.

• A significant investment in additional energy savings projects that will help lower costs in the coming years. These include street/recreation garage upgrades and new LED lighting systems.

Beazley said he expects more discussion on remaining facility improvement projects, such as the City Council chambers and the Council Conference Room, during the 2016 budget process.

 

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