The hard cost of constructing the new Maple Street Correctional Center will not exceed just shy of $126 million, according to an agreement coming before the Board of Supervisors Tuesday.
The new jail’s overall cost was originally set at $165 million to cover construction, design, equipment and site remediation. On Tuesday, the Board of Supervisors will consider amending its previous agreement with construction manager Sundt/Layton to guarantee the maximum price of $125,996,677. That figure includes the remaining trade contracts to be bid out by February. The county has already approved $81.3 million worth of contracts between May 2012 and August of this year.
The maximum price is concrete aside from any changes due to unforeseen circumstances or changes in scope proposed and approved by county officials, County Manager John Maltbie explained in a report to the board for Tuesday’s vote.
Funds for expenses through December 2013 were appropriate in the fiscal year 2013-2014 recommended budget and the county plans to issue lease revenue bonds later this year to fund the rest of the project.
The county also spent $17 million for 4.95 acres of land east of Highway 101 in Redwood City.
The project’s price tag has long been a sore spot for critics who, on top of largely opposing a new jail at all, also think the county cannot afford it. The state’s refusal to award San Mateo County up to $100 million in new jail construction funds because it has already broken ground means the county is covering the entire cost itself. Operations of the new facility is also ballparked at $40 million annually.
The new facility will have 576 beds for both men and women on three stories and 40 feet of unfinished space known as a warm shell which can be developed in the future if the need arises. Future buildout can be up to 832 beds.
Earlier this week, the Sheriff’s Office Jail Planning Unit announced that its remediation of the land formerly known as Chemical Way exceeded cleanliness standards, according to the California Water Board.
The Sheriff’s Office had more soil removed than originally planned with a total of 4,600 cubic yard taken away for disposal. The project has also been designed to achieve at least a LEED silver certification by the U.S. Green Building Council.
The facility is expected to open in mid-2015.
The Board of Supervisors meets 9 a.m. Tuesday, Nov. 5 in Board Chambers, 400 County Government Center, Redwood City.
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