Marquette Municipal Service Center running on schedule for June 2017 completion

Published: Dec. 12, 2016 at 11:29 PM EST
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Contractors said construction of the new Municipal Service Center in the city of Marquette is running on schedule and on budget.

Marquette city commissioners had a chance to see the progress at the site during a tour of the center Monday night.

The building is almost completely enclosed now, allowing the project's contractor Gundlach Champion and its subcontractors to start warming the facility so they can begin pouring concrete slab.

"We could not pour the slab-on-grade prior to the [exterior] walls going up, so in essence we had to wait for the precast, which has a longer lead item so therefore we weren't able to pour the slab," Gundlach Champion President Jim Ebli said. "The plan was to get the walls up, get the roof on and then heat the inside and pour the slab. Roughly 2,000 cubic-yards of concrete will be poured in the next six weeks."

The $18 million project broke ground in June 2016.

"The weather actually helped us out to keep us ahead of schedule so that was good," Ebli said.

"There are about 58 people on the project right now and all the trades mostly are from the local area and the Upper Peninsula," said Curt Goodman, director of public works and utilities for the city of Marquette.

A list of subcontractors provided by Gundlach Champion shows out of the 29 scopes of work the project was broken up into, 19 subcontractors have offices in the Upper Peninsula.

The city of Marquette is working with the contractors to incorporate four alternate pricing options.

One option discussed in depth Monday night was a salt storage building.

"The city has a need for an about 6,300 cubic-yard salt facility," Goodman said. "We're in the process of identifying a type of structure to be built. It's not included in the current funding for this project. Once we put together some good alternatives, pricing and a plan, we'll be presenting that to the commission to consider which is the best route to go."

An estimate given by Gundlach Champion has the salt storage building costing $697,854.

Prior to the tour, City Manager Mike Angeli said the building could cost between $500,000-$750,000.

Other alternates are a fuel station canopy costing $56,932, truck under-wash equipment in the wash bay costing $82,365 and painting the exposed ceilings in the vehicle storage, warm storage and the mezzanine, which would cost $58,950.

Those details are scheduled to be decided on, on Jan. 31, 2017.

Right now the project is about 50 percent complete.

So long as construction continues running on schedule, the majority of the new facility will be complete in June of 2017.