ELOY — The Eloy City Council has approved a contract amendment with CORE Construction to the guaranteed maximum price of $6.98 million for the new Police Department building, which will now include a self-contained information technology server shelter.
The amendment relocates the IT server room to a standalone shelter at the base of the police radio tower.
The purpose of moving the IT room is because in the past several years, the department has experienced server issues due to inadequate air conditioning and loss of power.
The shelter will be built specifically as an IT facility with emergency power to protect the server equipment.
“The equipment is very sensitive — it generates a lot of heat so if you don’t have a backup, it overheats very quickly and shuts the system down,” the project manager, Regis Reed, said.
The added $238,954 brings the cost of the public safety building, in the old City Hall, up to $7,225,218.
Reed added that the overall budget with Amendment 2 is now $8,656,789.
“I think that this is a great addition to the city,” Vice Mayor Micah Powell said. “We can all flinch on the cost but it is what it is, construction costs go high and where we’re located and I get that. I think this is for the next 40 years.”
The construction of the building will be done in two phases, with Phase 1 scheduled to begin next month.
“I’m just happy that the Police Department is going to get their building,” Councilman Andrew Rodriguez said. “I started my city career at the Police Department and I can say that they need a building real bad. So I’m happy that it’s getting there.”