By Conrad Dudderar
EL RENO – A contractor will be paid nearly $100,000 to make heat and air system upgrades before renovations start at Canadian County’s future health department site.
Canadian County Commissioners, at their weekly meeting Aug. 21, awarded a $99,735 contract to Trane Manufacturing for the repair project. Trane is a manufacturer of heating, ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC) systems.
Ezell’s Refrigeration submitted a $125,000 bid proposal.
Heat and air system updates are needed at the 33,000-square-foot, county-owned building at 6100 E Highway 66.
The Canadian County Health Department will pay for renovations inside for its new clinic and offices.
The remodeling job will affect placement of some AC units and air ducts, according to Canadian County maintenance director Jason Acuff.
“They’re going to add walls and rooms, and move some around,” Acuff said of the planned renovations.
New heat and air system controls will be installed to communicate with newly replaced fixtures throughout the building.
This building has been vacant since December 2019 when the oil and gas company Halliburton relocated most of the El Reno operations to its Duncan field plant.
County commissioners, at a special meeting Aug. 15, opened bids for the interior renovation project. Contractors were sought for these 18 trade packages:
Selective demolition, concrete, millwork and countertops, roofing, frames and hardware, glass and glazing, flooring, tile, painting, signage, toilet and fire protection specialties, walkway coverings, window shades, fire suppression, plumbing, heating venting and air conditioning, electrical, and audio-visual systems.
Commissioners will award trade packages after health department officials review the submitted bids.
In June 2022, Canadian County Commissioners spent $6 million in American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) federal stimulus funds to purchase the 10-acre property near Highway 66 and Evans Road.
Canadian County now owns health department buildings at 1023 E Vandament in Yukon and 100 S Rock Island in El Reno.
Both the Yukon and El Reno CCHD sites will move into the former Halliburton building, on the south side of Highway 66 just west of Canadian Valley Technology Center.
THAT AND THAT …
Among other business at their weekly meeting Aug. 21, Canadian County commissioners approved:
- Engineering fee proposals for reconstruction of a Banner Road between Interstate 40 and Highway 66 and for a bridge on Memorial Road east of Manning Road in District 1.
- Tabling for one week awarding a bid for a belly dump trailer for District 3. Bids were $46,895 and $47,500.
- Designation of Larisa Hooper and Sunga-Jotty Martini as requisitioning officers and Brooklin Ellison and Krystal Killman-Rogers as receiving officers for the Canadian County Children’s Justice Center.
- A renewed contract for FY24 between the Canadian County Health Department and the University of Oklahoma’s Center on Child Abuse and Neglect to provide a replication site in Canadian County for the Early Foundations project serving students with autism spectrum disorders.