The Camden County Commission agreed to accept a request for qualifications (RFQ) Thursday from the CTS Group of St. Louis to begin the process on necessary repairs to the justice center complex.

The Camden County Commission agreed to accept a request for qualifications (RFQ) Thursday from the CTS Group of St. Louis to begin the process on necessary repairs to the justice center complex. 

Camden County’s Justice Center, built in 1999, which houses the sheriff’s office, courtrooms and detention center, among others, was discovered to have serious roof and structural issues in November 2015 when the Commission met with Darin Eidson of the Garland Company, a commercial roofing business based in Cleveland, Ohio. 

“The roof, HVAC and tuck pointing are absolutely mandatory,” First District Commissioner Bev Thomas reiterated again on Thursday morning. 

On March 10, 2017, the Commission approved a motion to submit a RFQ after prior consulting with CTS, an energy savings company that helps facilitate major repair project utilizing contractors while acting as a sub-contractor in the process for quality assurance. CTS was the only company to submit an RFQ to the County for this particular project. 

The March motion also stated that the County would pursue a guaranteed energy savings contract utilizing a bond to come up with the cost of the repairs, which could be $500,000 on the low side to $2-million on the high side, the Commission estimated at the time. 

This type of contract requires a guarantee that the cost of the energy savings project will pay for itself in the long term. The County has previously used an energy savings contract for repairs to the administration building roughly five years ago and has been able to cover the cost of its bond payments due to the energy savings. 

Presiding Commissioner Greg Hasty said he’s come away impressed with CTS based on their previous work for the County and spoke with other county officials who were also satisfied with the company’s business. 

The two commissioners voted to approve the RFQ, which will allow CTS to come in and evaluate the scope and total cost of the repairs. Outside of three mandatory repairs, the Commission will also consider other upgrades or repairs depending on the financial feasibility of the overall work. 

Second District Commissioner Don Williams has been battling a severe case of the shingles for the past two weeks and was not in attendance, but did support moving forward with the project back in March sooner rather than later to prevent further damage resulting in further spending in the long run.

“The roof is leaking, you’re going to continue to do continual damage,” Thomas said back in March. “If we just repair the roof, the weight is too heavy unless we repair the foundation. Those two things are mandatory. Absolutely mandatory. The AC/Heat unit absolutely needs updating, it’s 20 years old. Anything else we add is going to strictly depend on dollars and dollars saved.” 

In 2015, Eidson and The Garland Company conducted initial core cut samples of the roof and was able to detect several wet areas. After calling in a complete thermos canner server, several other damaged areas were detected mostly near the initial core cut samples. 

According to the 2015 infrared moisture summary report, the roof system appeared to have five areas containing moisture, approximately 5,569 total square footage of the roof. The largest section on top of the detention center, approximately 3,927 square feet of the roof, was found to have a 75-percent moisture level. 

Edison had recommended a complete replacement of that section, while the other four smaller sections could be cut out and restored.