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March 8, 1996


An architect designing the new Douglas County jail has hung a tentative $13,267,010 price tag on the facility.

Dan Rowe, jail project manager for Michael Treanor Architects, said the latest estimate includes the cost of building the 196-bed facility and its 125-space parking lot, utility and road extensions, as well as site development.

County officials decided last month to build the jail south of the LRM Industries asphalt plant, which is three miles east of Lawrence on Kansas Highway 10.

The estimate does not include acquisition of the 22.4-acre site at $11,000 an acre or some project costs, such as the design fee and some equipment and furnishings for the facility.

``Until we get a construction manager on board who can verify these costs, we won't really know,'' Rowe told the county's jail advisory committee on Thursday.

The estimate is in line with the cost of building the jail on the site county commissioners originally discussed, which was south of the Judicial & Law Enforcement Center. Although the county would not have had to acquire land at that site and extend a road and utilities, a $1.2 million underground garage for law enforcement vehicles was part of the parking strategy there.

Rowe said the design phase of the project was well under way and that he expected to present plans to the county commission in early May.

Construction is scheduled to begin next January and will take up to two years.

The jail is being financed with proceeds from a 1-cent county sales tax approved by voters.

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