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Clayton BOA Approves Contract For Abatement Project


Thornburgh selected for $1.2 million project at new police headquarters site


July 13, 2011
The Clayton Board of Aldermen have authorized the first phase of renovating and converting a building at 10 S. Brentwood Blvd. into the city's new police headquarters.

At a meeting June 28, the aldermen approved a contract with Thornburgh Abatement to perform selective demolition and environmental abatement.

Among five finalists for the project, Thornburgh was the lowest bidder with a bid of $1,225,442. At the request of Public Works Director Michael Pratt, the aldermen also approved an additional amount of $184,000, approximately 15 percent of the project cost, to serve as a contingency should any unexpected site issues become known during the work.

The work that Thornburgh will perform will include the selective removal and subsequent off-site disposal of asbestos-containing building materials, asbestos-contaminated dust and miscellaneous environmental hazards such as fluorescent bulbs and ballasts. Thornburgh will be required to track, sort and dispose of construction waste in support of LEED Silver certification.

Under the terms of the contract, following notice of the board's decision, Thornburgh has 60 days to complete the work. Representatives of Paric, the firm doing construction management on the project, told the aldermen that Thornburgh had received positive references from other entities for which it had done work.

The new police headquarters, which may also eventually hold other city services, will replace the current police facility at 227 S. Central Ave. That building, which was built in 1962, currently houses both the police department and the city's information technology department.

During previous discussions, Police Chief Tom Byrne had described the Central Avenue building as "obsolete." Among the issues were plumbing problems, a level of asbestos exceeding what is in the new building, and a general lack of space, for both staff and storage. City officials anticipate that those issues will be alleviated with the new building.

There has been some discussion that activities for the city's traffic court may be held in the building. An FBI task force that deals with crimes involving children will likely rent space in the building. Members of the Clayton Police Department have worked with the task force in the past.

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