Tuesday, Oct. 15, 2013 | 12:30 p.m.
Clark County has awarded a four-year, $88 million contract to make extensive renovations to the detention center to contractor Sletten Construction of Nevada.
The issue: Commissioners considered whether to approve the contract with Sletten Construction, which will cost $20 million more than initially estimated.
The vote: Approved unanimously.
What it means: Construction on the Clark County Detention Center will begin early next year, with an anticipated finish in late 2017.
Sletten Construction submitted the lowest of three bids for the project at $78.1 million, about $10 million higher than the county’s initial estimate.
The final cost of the renovations will be $10 million higher still due to overcrowding at the jail, which will force the construction to be broken down into phases, displacing fewer inmates but adding another year to the project’s duration.
Significant issues with the jail’s electrical, plumbing, ventilation and other building systems were first discovered in 2010.
In May, the county completed a $23 million update to the building’s basement, kitchen and laundry area.
This second phase of construction will be paid for with $68 million the county has saved from a special property tax allocation for capital improvements. The remaining $20 million will either be financed or paid for with future property tax allocations.