Feature Photo: The David Hill Criminal Justice Building, home of Montgomery County Sheriff’s District 4 Patrol. Image: Google Streets.
by Adolfo Pesquera
Magnolia (Montgomery County) — The County Commissioners Court approved on March 24 the advertising for a contractor for an expansion project of the Sheriff’s Office District 4 Patrol facility.
However, the notice to solicit bids had not yet appeared on the Purchasing Department’s website. VBX contacted the Purchasing Department and was told that at this time the posting of new solicitations are being delayed because of the coronavirus.
A spokesperson with the department explained that although the item was approved for advertising, “right now, that project is on hold. Usually, the moment something is approved, either that day or the next, it’s online with the documents.
“But until we get further out from this virus, it’s not behooving us to do business as usual,” she said.
As of this morning, Montgomery County was reporting 93 confirmed cases of COVID-19 infection and county residents are under a stay-at-home order until April 30.
On Aug. 13, 2019, county purchasing agent Gilbert Jalomo presented to the commissioners his recommendation of the approval of a contract with HDR Architecture Inc. of Dallas for traditional basic and civil design services for the Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office District 4 expansion.
The contract amount for architectural services was $1,131,523.
District 4 Patrol, also known as Patrol West Division, is located in Magnolia at 19100 Unity Park Drive. Patrol West currently shares space at the David Hill Criminal Justice Building with the county tax office, a justice of the peace and precinct constable.
This is a renovation and expansion of the existing building. the scope of work includes improvements or new quarters for the Criminal Investigation Division, Patrol Division, the detention (holding cells), common areas and mechanical equipment platform.
The project also includes associated site work, parking, landscaping, drainage and site utilities.
The total area of the project is 18,266 square feet, and the estimated cost is $9.4 million.
On Tuesday, the architect submitted a report estimating a start of construction date of Nov. 30, 2020. Should that occur, it will take about 12 months to complete the project.
VBX will follow the progress of this development on Project ID 2020-2AA1.