Lake Township officials expect construction to start next month on a new administration building.
The township trustees have retained Normand Associates, Inc., Perrysburg, as the architectural firm for the new structure, which will replace the building on Cummings Road destroyed by the June 5 tornado.
Normand Associates was one of 14 firms to submit a statement of interest and one of five to be interviewed for the project.
Rudolph/Libbe, Inc. will be the general contractor.
Richard Welling, a trustee, said representatives of Normand and Rudolph/Libbe are confident the project can be completed for less than the insured amount on the old building of $1.7 million. The building housed offices for the trustees, zoning inspector, and fiscal officer, a multi-use meeting room with an adjoining kitchen, police station and dispatching offices, and an emergency medical service bay that included living quarters for paramedics.
Mark Hummer, township administrator, said he expects the new building to be up with a roof by December, allowing contractors to proceed with interior work before the weather gets too cold.
The trustees want to be moved into the new building before June 5, 2011, when a memorial is planned to commemorate the anniversary of the tornado, Hummer said.
The new building will incorporate a few modifications, Welling said.
The room used by the trustees for their meetings will be moved to the west wing and the adjoining kitchen will be expanded. That will allow easier access to the room and kitchen from Friendship Park where the township and organizations hold activities.
The area that housed the quarters for paramedics will be moved to the area where the meeting room was located.
Welling said a six-car garage for police vehicles is also planned.
Other firms interviewed by the trustees, include: Cousino Harris, Co., Perrysburg; Buehrer Group Architecture & Engineering, Maumee; Poggemeyer Design Group, Bowling Green, and Munger Munger & Associates, Toledo.
“We were very fortunate,” Hummer said. “We had the cream of the crop in firms from this region submitting statements of interest.”