Contracts Awarded to Local Firms for new Bainbridge Police & Courts Facilities

BIPD artist's rendering of new facilityIn the past, the City of Bainbridge Island has been accused of favoring outside contractors to perform large city-funded projects. Not this time around.

At at its regular business meeting on April 12, the City Council authorized City Manager Blair King to enter into three contracts related to the future construction and retrofit of the new Police Department and Municipal Court facility replacement project at 8804 Madison Avenue North. The existing building, formerly the home of the Harrison Hospital Medical Clinic, was purchased by the City in early 2020 for $8.975 million.

The City will soon enter into a contract with Bainbridge Island’s Clark Construction, the lowest responsive bidder for the reconstruction at 8804 Madison Ave. location, as well as a contract with another Bainbridge firm, Coates Design, which is the architect of record. Parametrix, a Bremerton-based engineering, planning and environmental company, will serve as the owner’s representative during project construction.

In a previous statement King said, “The City seeks to build a safe, accessible and adequately sized facility that will serve the community’s needs for the next 50 years.” The police station has been located at the corner of Winslow Way and Highway 305 for more than three decades, while the Muni court has moved around a bit and is now located in Rolling Bay. The city leases the Muni court space and owns the Police Station building.

It’s estimated that the project costs, including the acquisition of the existing 18,000-square-foot clinic and the new retrofit construction will be somewhere in the neighborhood of $20.4 million. The construction bid with Clark Construction is $7.6 million and was approximately 11 percent less than the engineer’s estimate, King said.

The Muni Court and the Police Department will move from their current locations to the new facility when it is expected to be completed sometime in early 2024.

The Island Wanderer previously reported on this issue in February 2022:

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