Work on schedule at police headquarters

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Posted: Tuesday, May 21, 2013 12:00 am

Renovation of the building that will become the new Bellevue police headquarters is advancing satisfactorily, the lead architect told the Bellevue City Council Monday.

In a periodic update on the $7.9 million project, Al Povondra told council members demolition of the interior is almost complete.

“Overall, my opinion is the project is going very well,” he said.

The former office complex at 1510 Wall St. is being transformed into a city building that will house the police and some city offices.

Povondra said the entire interior is gone on all three levels, including partitioning, ceilings, lights, electrical and mechanical systems. Rough-ins for the new plumbing systems are in place, he said, and new concrete footings are being prepared to support an evidence facility.

He said the demolition is being performed without benefit of structural drawings and the building’s former life as offices for defense contractors is becoming evident as workers remove security features.

Mold is also proving to be an issue, Povondra said.

He said it was known mold would be an issue since water had leaked into the building, but the extent of the problem only now is being discovered.

He said crews were surprised to discover additional mold on the south side of the first floor.

“Most of the mold got removed when we demolished the partitions,” he said.

The north exterior of the building needs paint he said, and the Bellevue Police Department needs to decide whether the police lockers offered by the low bidder are adequate.

Council President Don Preister welcomed the report’s optimism.

“This is a project long overdue, and we’re glad that it’s moving forward and glad that no other things were found other than a little additional mold,” he said..

City Administrator Dan Berlowitz said Povondra will periodically deliver updated reports, especially as workers move into critical phases of the construction process.

The council will be invited to monitor progress by touring the building as construction advances, he said.

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