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Commissioners approve 20th amendment to agreement with jail architects

YAKIMA - Tuesday morning, Yakima County commissioners approved the 20th amendment to the agreement with the architectural firm working on the Yakima Valley Justice Center project.

The amendment deals with the commissioners' recent decision to reject all of the bids for the second stage of phase one of the jail project, which includes the construction of both the administration/inmate processing building for the complex, as well as a second 288-bed housing facility. The bids were rejected because they were all well over the $8.5 million estimate provided by engineers.

Although the bids were rejected the county is expected to go back out to bid on stage two of the first phase of the project in the coming weeks. However, the project that is put out to bid will be a little different. The county is expected to only seek bids for the construction of the administration building, with the second housing facility being put on hold.

The amendment to the agreement with Architects Rasmussen Triebelhorn, AIA/ps provides for the firm to modify the bid documents to only include the administration/inmate processing building. The cost of the work needed to modify the documents is expected to be $44,095.

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