Papillion officials have been clear about the timeline for building a new public works facility: it’s a priority, but the city will take the time necessary to get the job done right.

So far, the project has had two setbacks. First, some residents objected to the city’s first proposed location, forcing the city to abandon the site and conduct a second search.

Then, once the new site at 96th Street and Portal Road was selected and purchased, the city suspected costs could be reduced by partnering with La Vista to share certain resources, such as a fueling station and office space.

However, a merger of the two cities’ public works departments, despite recent agreements for fire service, was out of the question.

A cost-savings feasibility study was commissioned. But Papillion spokesman Darren Carlson said the study found only “minimal cost savings” could be achieved through sharing the facility.

Carlson declined to provide a copy of the study to the Papillion Times. The study will be presented to both the Papillion and La Vista city councils, and he said it will be available to the public at that time.

La Vista spokesman Mitch Beaumont said no decision has been made on whether La Vista will partner on the project.

Regardless of La Vista’s involvement, Carlson said the $8-million building will be built, with design work planned as soon as the council approves a contractor.

“We’re moving forward with a Papillion facility on the land we selected,” he said.

The city took the next step Aug. 6 by approving the use of a construction manager-at-risk contract for the public works facility project. Such arrangements require a contractor to deliver a project at a fixed price, with design work done with the project’s contractor.

The traditional model has a design done before the project is taken out for the lowest bid. Those projects often see change orders adjust the actual cost of construction, though.

The approach helps the city reduce risk by placing the responsibility to control costs on the contractor. Werner Park was built such an arraignment.

“It is quickly becoming the industry norm,” Carlson said.

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