County approves 911 contracts; project remains on schedule

The Centre County emergency management and 911 upgrade still is on target for completion this year.

The Board of Commissioners approved several change orders and contracts at its meeting Tuesday in regard to the system upgrade including the addition of static-proof flooring, a remediation to the heating, ventilation, and air-conditioning system and a contract with an engineering firm to help re-purpose the old 911 offices in the Willowbank Building.

Though the total scope of work for the HVAC system will be $24,291, it will cost the county nothing because it will be reimbursed by AE Works. The system will need two larger heat pumps, said Gene Lauri, criminal justice planning department director.

Commissioner Chris Exarchos said the system is functioning correctly at the moment, but it won’t be able to handle the load when additional consoles or staff are added.

“They accounted for the existing system but didn’t build in capacity for future growth,” he said, “and they are making it right.”

The static-proof flooring contract in the new 911 office will cost the county about $2,770.

Lauri said the project is on-schedule to be completed by the end of the year, and they will begin cutting over to the new radio system in the next couple months. Some of the project will be dependent on weather, he said.

In addition, the board approved a not-to-exceed contract of $10,000 with Brinjac Engineering to provide consulting services for the move of the county’s IT offices to the recently vacated 911 office on the first floor of the Willowbank Building.

Exarchos said the move will allow for re-use of the existing infrastructure in the office and provide more room for the children and youth department, which needs the extra space.

The entire move will cost about $100,000, and he said this contract is designed to make sure that process runs smoothly.