ORLEANS POLICE HEADQUARTERS
Pomroy Associates was retained as the OPM in August of 2015 to head up the project team through a fast-track design and bidding program in an effort to have “bids in hand” for the Spring 2016 Annual Town Meeting. Bids were received in March 2016 and came in under budget. This 17,883 Sq. Ft., state-of-the-art facility was constructed in the exact location of the current facility. Therefore, the department was housed in a temporary off-site facility constructed as part of this project.
The Town of Orleans was determined to construct the new Orleans Police Headquarters on the site of the existing station. During the initial design investigations, subsurface investigations uncovered that the majority of the site was used as a fill site many years ago and the soils were unsuitable for a new building. The team was faced with undertaking a massive soils removal/replacement operation to make the site capable for the new building. Wanting to explore all options, a geo-pier option utilizing rammed aggregate piers was considered which would allow the existing soils to remain in place. The option appeared to be a viable solution, but the team had concerns over not receiving competitive bidding of the option due to the specialized field. It was PA’s recommendation to develop (2) bidding options for the contractors; Option 1 – Remove Replace, or Option 2 – Geo-Pier. Utilizing this strategy allowed us and the Town of Orleans to receive very competitive quotes on the site work during bidding.