PRINCETON – The Gibson County Correctional Center New Project Steering Committee voted 3-0 on Thursday to recommend Garmong Construction Services as the construction management company for the project, pending negotiations over the company’s fees.
Consultant Byron Sanders, who has been appointed as the owner’s representative for the project, told committee members at a special session Thursday that he plans to negotiate a few elements of the proposal before the committee takes the recommendation to commissioners. County of Gibson for approval Tuesday night.
The members of the Steering Committee are Gibson County Council Chairman Jeremy Overton, Gibson County Commissioners Council Chairman Warren Fleetwood and Gibson County District Attorney Jason Spindler.
During Thursday’s brief meeting, Sanders reviewed the blind scoring system used to assess companies applying for the construction management role and told members he needs to start soil drilling as soon as possible. .
The recommended plan is to build a new 200-bed prison on the existing property downtown. Sanders said looking for a property setback gap might be a good idea, but not a necessity, for the property along East Emerson and North Prince streets.
RQAW architects are working on preliminary designs for the facility, aiming to meet the mid-2023 prison opening deadline set in a federal lawsuit regulation.
The prison construction project is required under a federal court settlement agreement of a class action lawsuit filed against the county by the Indiana Civil Liberties Union.
If the commissioners approve the design concept, it could move on to the preparation of the tender document in July.