The Parker Town Council has hired the firm of Seabury Fritz Architects to do design work on the proposed new home of the Parker Magistrate Court at 1112 Arizona Avenue. At the Council’s Feb. 5 meeting, Seabury Fritz was awarded a bid of $24,700.
In a memo to the Council, Public Works Director Steve Ziegler said two firms, Seabury Fritz and Selburg Associates, met with Town Manager Lori Wedemeyer and him and participated in a walk-through of the building in December. They explained to the architects the needed renovations on two suites in the building, include structural, plumbing, electrical and mechanical renovations. Exterior renovations would include a new façade and roof, as well as providing access in compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act from the street.
While Selburg Associates submitted a lower bid at $23,800, Zielger said the Seabury Fritz bid was the more qualified as it included items considered vital to the project that weren’t included in the Selburg bid.
Ziegler said the Town has $20,000 for this work in the fiscal year 2018-19 building maintenance budget. He said they have $7,000 budgeted for building repairs that was available to cover the additional cost.
Seabury Fritz is located in Fort Mohave, Ariz. On their website, they say they have 37 years of experience and have designed projects in Arizona and Colorado. They list their recent projects as including the Bullhead City Elementary School District Administration Building, the remodel of the Mohave Accelerated Learning Center, alterations at the Drake Cement Plant, and the Mohave County Library Addition.
The Town purchased the structure, which consists of several storefronts, in March 2018 at a cost of $170,000. The stated intention was to house the Magistrate Court in the building so it would be closer to the La Paz County Superior Court and the Parker Justice Court. There are also plans to house the Community/Senior Center office in the structure.
The structure was best known as the Motor Vehicle Division office until they moved to their new location on Mutuhar Drive on the CRIT Reservation.
In the same week the Council was approving architectural services, Spray Systems, Inc. was removing asbestos and lead paint from the structure on Arizona Avenue. They were awarded the contract for this work in January. The cost of $13,000 is being covered by a grant from the Arizona Department of Environmental Quality.