M'ville stormwater facility construction could begin this year

2013-05-27T19:30:00Z 2013-05-27T20:49:29Z M'ville stormwater facility construction could begin this yearChas Reilly chas.reilly@nwi.com, (219) 662-5324 nwitimes.com

MERRILLVILLE | The executive director of Merrillville’s Stormwater Utility wants the construction of a new facility for the department to start this year.

Matt Lake said Stutler Architects has finished designing the stormwater resource center.

The structure will be about 6,800 square feet. Most of the facility will serve as storage for stormwater equipment, Lake said. The utility’s administration office and an education center also will be in the structure.

The town bought land at 7404 Broadway for the facility. Lake said the Stormwater Utility and the town's Public Works Department collaborated to complete drainage work on the site.

Lake hopes the Stormwater Management Board can seek bids for the facility as soon as possible. He would like the building up and operational this year.

In September, the Stormwater Management Board awarded more than $2.1 million in provisional contracts for the construction of an initial design of the building.

Stormwater officials later decided to pursue value engineering work for the project and eventually seek new bids. Lake said value engineering involves seeking alternatives to reduce construction costs.

Lake said the total cost reduction for the project hasn't been determined.

Until the new resource center is constructed, the Stormwater Utility will continue to operate out of its temporary office at 9111 Broadway, Lake said.

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