LISA DEMANKOWSKI of NJB Architects presented a revised project design to the Shiawassee Township Board on Wednesday, May 17. Demankowski presented the new plan with the help of Leo Trumble of Trumble Builders. The design was a scaled down version of the plan submitted by Trumble in October of 2016.
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by Graham Sturgeon, co-editor
The Shiawassee Township Board continued its search for an acceptable building plan for its township hall/fire station/community center/library during its Wednesday, May 17 meeting. During the board’s April 19 meeting, the Timberland Development Group presented a building design slated to cost $1,294,218 and Perrin Construction presented a $1,344,500 bid for the project. On this night, architect Lisa Demankowski of NJB Architects, the township’s original project manager, got her chance to present her latest proposal.
Demankowski had worked with previous Shiawassee Township boards to design the building, but initial bids for the project came in high, ranging from $1.9 to $2.5 million, in October of 2016. Since that time, Demankowski has worked with Trumble Builders, which submitted the previous low bid of $1.9 million, to trim the budget of the project.
Trumble Builders and NJB Architects adjusted its original design by changing materials and downsizing the building layout, with specific changes such as asphalt shingles instead of a metal roof, the elimination of pull-through fire truck bays, moving the proposed building site from the low ground near W. Prior Rd. to the higher ground closer to Grand River Rd., and decreasing room sizes throughout the building. The changes would cut the size of the building from 10,800 square feet to 9,200.
The changes would bring the project cost down to between $1.45 to $1.48 million, but Trumble Builders owner Leo Trumble said during the May 17 meeting that there is room to bring the project’s cost down lower still. The past township board had planned for the community room to double as an emergency relief space that could serve as shelter from tornados and other severe weather. Changing the construction of the community room from cement block to wood would lower the cost of the project, as would eliminating the proposed commercial aluminum windows.
Supervisor Gerald Novak pointed out during the May 17 discussion that the township would not be able to call the community room a tornado shelter unless the structure could withstand winds up to 250 MPH, according to FEMA guidelines. Also discussed was the addition of a mezzanine for dry storage, the elimination of the design’s vaulted ceilings, and plans for the current township hall building. The board will continue to explore the township’s options.