Public Safety Building Repairs

Milestone timeline:

City issued Request for Qualifications (RFQ) for Design-Build Services for Public Safety Building Repairs
Completed: Aug 2, 2018
August 2, 2018
Trident Construction was chosen as the Design Build team for Phase I of the Public Safety Building repairs. Phase I was conducting selective exploratory demolition to determine source of deficiencies and developing a strategy for repairs
Completed: Jan 23, 2019
January 23, 2019
Councils awards a contract in the amount of $395, 646 for Phase II of the project which involves the design of the work to be undertaken as determined by Phase I
Completed: Jul 23, 2019
July 23, 2019
Councils awards a contract in the amount $5,256,159 for Phase III of the project. Phase III consists of the construction of the repairs to the Public Safety Building
Completed: Feb 25, 2020
February 25, 2020
Police Department relocates operations to modular offices located in the Municipal Parking Lot on Pavilion Drive
Completed: Mar 1, 2020
March 1, 2020
Kickoff Meeting between City staff, City’s Representative and Design-Build Team
Completed: Mar 5, 2020
March 5, 2020
Fire Department relocates sleeping quarters to modular trailers located in the Municipal Parking Lot on Pavilion Drive
Completed: May 30, 2020
March 6, 2020
Construction Begins
Completed: Mar 16, 2020
March 16, 2020
Outdoor Demolition Begins
Completed: Mar 25, 2020
March 25, 2020
Siding Deliveries Begin
Completed: Apr 10, 2020
April 10, 2020
Apparatus Bay Construction Begins
Completed: Jun 3, 2020
June 3, 2020
Apparatus Bay Door Frames and Door Repairs Complete
Completed: Jun 4, 2020
June 4, 2020
Change Orders Approved for Flood Doors and Seismic Sprinklers
Completed: Aug 18, 2020
August 18, 2020
Siding Installation Complete
Completed: Aug 20, 2020
August 20, 2020
New Sidewalk Complete
Completed: Sep 2, 2020
September 2, 2020
Exterior Lighting Installed
Completed: Sep 20, 2020
September 20, 2020
Project Complete
Completed: Apr 30, 2021
Apr 30 2021

The Public Safety Building is approximately 31,000 square feet and was completed in 2009. The building is located at 30 JC Long Boulevard and serves as the headquarters of the Police and Fire Departments. 

The existing structure is not considered structurally deficient but shows significant signs of deterioration. The engineering assessment was completed in January 2014 and concluded that elements of the building’s apparatus bay doors, parking garage doors, envelope, diesel fuel line, HVAC system and roof have been compromised by construction deficiencies. Since that time, additional issues with the building have also been identified as needing corrective action.

After a competitive procurement process, the City hired Trident Construction and Coast Architects as the Design Build Team to design and construct the neccesary repairs to the building.

Project Updates

Change Orders Approved
Tuesday, August 18, 2020

On August 18th 2020 Ways and Means Committee first heard two change orders for the Public Safety Building. Both of these change orders were paid for out of the contingency fund previously approved for the PSB Rehabilitation project. That contingency of 15% of the total project cost amounts to $788,424. The first was a change order not to exceed $30,000 for the purchase and installation of a flood resistant door for the Public Safety Building. Given that we are on a barrier island subject to hurricanes and other flooding risks, City Council saw fit to approve this change order.

The second was a change order in the amount of $20,537 for required seismic bracing on existing sprinkler system at the Public Safety Building. This also came out of the 15% contingency fund. It is necessary due to the Charleston region's historical relationship with earthquakes.

Project Kickoff Meeting
Monday, March 16, 2020

On Thursday, March 5, 2020 the City of Isle of Palms hosted a project kickoff meeting with City staff, Trident Construction, Coast Architects, and Insight Group, the City's representative. The meeting consisted of an introduction of all team members, roles and responsibilities, goals and expectations of the project and detailed timeline of the project timeline and plans for construction. 

COVID-19 Delay on Occupying Temporary Housing for Firefighters
Sunday, March 1, 2020

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the City temporarily delayed the relocation of the Fire Department sleeping quarters located on the third floor of the Public Safety Building to their temporary housing to be used for the during of the project. 

It is expected that the Fire Department crews will be moved into the temporary housing as of May 30th, 2020.