County Commission trims more than $300k from Riverton Justice Center project

(Lander, Wyo.) – The Fremont County Commission this morning trimmed approximately $330,000 off the cost of the Riverton Justice Center project.

The cuts were made in conjunction with the contract with Rawlins contractors L.M. Olson, who’s bid for the building came in at $4.7 million. With the cuts, the estimated construction cost is now $4.4 million. The commission unanimously approved the deletions from the project.

The largest single cut was downsizing the artfulness of the entry to the building. Eliminating the large awning with steel accents, comes at an approximate $100,000 savings, Commissioner Travis Becker said. Other commissioners made it clear that some awning over the entrance would be preferable, but on a much smaller scale. Becker said he would work with the architect to bring a recommendation for a future change order. Some cost will be incurred, Becker said, but it will be less than $100,000.

Other amenities cut are: a smoke system for the small detention area (with approval by the City of Riverton), eliminating card readers throughout, removing radiant heat in the sally port (some heating is included already), and changing the type of bullet proof glass used.

The commission considered moving from LED lighting to standard lighting as well as down-grading from high quality carpet tiles to most standard carpet rolls. Those however were kept in the contract.

The new building, set on property on North Major Avenue, will house Riverton Circuit Court, and facilities for the Fremont County Sheriff’s and Attorney’s offices. This will replace the South Federal building that is currently surrounded by Conex boxes for safety. A start date for construction has not yet been set.