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Board votes to put project out to bid

Posted: Thursday, Dec 19th, 2013

OREGON — The Ogle County Board voted Tuesday night to move onto Phase III in the construction of a new sheriff’s administration building. The building will also house the coroner’s office and morgue.

Guy Gehlhausen presented plans and photos to the board of the renderings for the new building. Gehlhausen represents the architect firm hired for the project, Saavedra Gehlhausen Architects of Rockford.

The one-story building will be located to the east of the current administration building on Jefferson Street in Oregon. Plans call for the demolition of the coroner’s building prior to construction. The sheriff’s department will occupy the current space and it will be torn down once construction on the new building is complete.

Phase III includes bidding out the project. Gehlhausen projects the building will cost more than $4 million.

Square footage of the new building will be slightly less than the current structure. The sheriff’s department occupies 12,000 square feet of space and the new building will include 11,396 square feet. The coroner and morgue use 4,000 square feet of space and the new building will give them 3,981 square feet

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The exterior of the new building will be brick and limestone and will be similar to the Ogle County Judicial Center in material.

Gehlhausen outlined future plans for the sheriff’s department. The architects have done several studies and the current block the Sheriff’s building now sits is adequate space to also house a 200-bed jail in the future. Estimated costs of building a new jail would be $30 to $33 million.

Once the board receives all bids, the board must vote to move onto Phase IV, construction, before any work can begin.

Board member Ron Colson objected to the vote and asked to postpone the vote to move onto Phase III until January. Colson said he has received several letters objecting to the construction. His motion was defeated 9-15.

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