Metro district under scrutiny by town board

By Rudy Hemmann

The Surveyor

The Berthoud Board of Trustees held a regular business meeting Tuesday evening and addressed three agenda items.

Public Works Director Stephanie Brothers brought the item forward and stated a team made up of town staff members and representatives from the design firm Halycon Design chose the construction firm Krische Construction for building the project.

A memorandum from the public works department states in part, “In the summer of 2018, a professional services contract was awarded to Halycon Design for the design of the future Public Works Building. Halcyon was selected because of demonstrated capability with similar projects and the inclusion of sustainability measures in their proposal.

Upon completion of the design development phase of the project, the contract design team and staff decided to solicit proposals from qualified builders to serve as a Construction

Manager/General Contractor (CMGC) and to proceed with the Design Build process. The Request for Qualifications was advertised on the Rocky Mountain BidNet system and the Town received 18 contractor qualification reports. Based on the qualifications presented, the design team and staff narrowed down this list to 3 qualified contractors.

The design drawing sets were distributed to the three contractors on June 20, 2019 for preliminary cost estimating.”

Because the project includes super-insulated and air-tight building envelope assemblies, the three firms were asked to demonstrate their understanding of metal building construction coupled with sustainable methodologies. The goals for the project include:

Foundation assemblies at R-34 (code minimum = R-7.5)

Floor assemblies at R-20 (code minimum = R-10)

Wall assemblies at R-46 (code minimum = R-26)

Roof assemblies at R-42 (code minimum = R-30)

Envelope air-tightness below 1/3 of code minimum

In addition to the building envelope enhancements, the roof of the structure is intended to support solar panels. Final payback analysis for solar panels will be done during design/build.

The three firms that demonstrated the best overall understanding of the concepts are:

-Krische Construction $ 1.175 million

-Calahan Construction $ 1.2 million

-DS Constructors $ 1.35 million

Of the three firms interviewed, the design team and staff have selected Krische

Construction for their understanding of sustainable metal building systems. Kirsche also presented several value engineering ideas the team may consider in the final design of the project.

Following a relatively brief period of questions and comments by members of the board, a motion authorizing the award of the 2019 public works facility contract to Krische Construction and to authorize the town administrator to enter into a construction services contract between the town and Krische Construction to complete the work, was seconded and approved unanimously.

The trustees heard an in-depth presentation regarding the Berthoud 160 Metropolitan (Metro) District service plan. The service plan is the document which governs the metro district and must be approved by the town board.  

The proposed Berthoud 160 Subdivision consists of approximately 140 acres located at the intersection of Berthoud Parkway and Larimer County Road 4E.

There was a disagreement between some members of the board on one side, and town staff and Alan Pogue, of the law firm Icenogle, Seaver and Pogue, on the other concerning the work product to be produced by Pogue.

Some members of the board were expecting to see a model service plan which the board could use as a template for development of future service plans instead of the site-specific service plan presented by Pogue.

It was noted by Pogue that the service plan presented by him addressed most of the issues which caused consternation among the trustees.

Following the presentations provided, questions asked and comments made, a motion approving a resolution for a service plan for the Berthoud 160 Metropolitan District, and additionally that the Metropolitan District adhere to whatever mosquito spraying policy is at the time. The motion was seconded and passed on a 5 to 1 vote.

The board also approved a resolution designating two properties as historic landmarks. The properties in question are 717 Sixth St. (the C.P. Thompson House) and 736 Sixth St. (the German Congregational Church).

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