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Demolition and site preparation is nearing completion, with construction slated to begin this month.
Uniontown, PA - The Fayette County Prison Project is slated to move into the construction phase this month, with demolition of the existing facility nearly complete.
Fayette County Commissioners recently awarded the construction bids for the new prison, which will be located on the site of the former U.S. Army Reserve Center along McClellandtown Road in Uniontown.
The successful bidders were, as follows:
Previously awarded project bids included:
The awarded base bids amount to a total construction cost of $39,348,711.00, more than $4.6 million less than the previously estimated project cost.
Prior to demolition of the existing facility, officials held a coordination meeting for all utility providers to prepare for the work to begin. Additionally, Canfield Development completed 20 days’ worth of asbestos abatement work on site.
Fayette County Commissioners Dave Lohr, chairman; Vince Vicites and Scott Dunn also recently ratified a contract with Skelly and Loy of Pittsburgh for asbestos and hazardous materials consulting, as well as air monitoring and management services for the asbestos abatement process, prior to demolition.
Ritenour and Sons was able to begin light demolition outside the abatement containment areas, with bulk demolition beginning the week of April 12 and slated to be completed within 40 days. The company installed a construction fence around the site before bulk demolition.
Fayette County Commissioner Scott Dunn said he’s “personally anxious” to see the prison project move forward.
“There has been so much work to get to this point in the design and permitting. It’s always good to see any endeavor move forward,” Dunn said, adding that now “the dirt can fly.”
Commissioner Chairman Dave Lohr said the project is one he’s been working toward since before becoming a commissioner, so he’s glad to see it finally come to fruition.
“We’ve been doing a lot of work behind the scenes, from acquiring the property, to working with the architects and engineers to come up with a viable plan that meets the needs of inmates and staff, all while staying within our budget for the project,” Lohr said. “Demolition is the first phase that will really be a visible sign to the public of the project moving forward, and it’s an exciting step to finally see something tangible happening at the site.”
Lohr said, as with any major project, constructing a new prison is “a process” and will “take some time.”
“I’m excited to see this project come together because of the potential impact on the lives of our inmates. With this facility, we’ll be able to offer training and programs so that inmates leave our care with skills they didn’t have when they came to us,” Lohr said. “That’s a win for the inmates, but it’s also a big win for Fayette County.”
Commissioner Vince Vicites said the project is “right on schedule” and “in the most important, final phase.”
“We have a good team with our architects, engineers and construction managers helping us build this facility in the hopes of having it done by the spring of 2023,” Vicites said. “This is the largest public works project in the history of Fayette County government, and we have done everything we can to cut costs and meet the standard of Pennsylvania’s prison regulations.”
Moving forward, Vicites said, the county will continue doing its “due diligence” to ensure this project is successful and sustainable for future generations.
“By making on-site visits on a regular basis, we can make sure the project stays on schedule and within budget,” Vicites said. “We haven’t missed a single beat through the pandemic, and now we’re at the cusp of getting this long-anticipated, historic project done.”
To learn more about Fayette County, visit www.FayetteCountyPA.org.
Editor's Note: Photos attached (Fayette County Prison Demolition; Fayette County Prison Demolition2)
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