Primghar to see new O'Brien County building

A new O’Brien County maintenance and storage structure is set to be built in downtown Primghar this year on a mostly empty lot. The county supervisors set a bid letting at 10 a.m. Aug. 6 for the building project.

PRIMGHAR—A new O’Brien County maintenance and storage structure is set to be built in downtown Primghar this year.

The county supervisors have scheduled a bid letting at 10 a.m. Aug. 6 for the building project, which board members would like to see completed by the end of 2019.

Supervisor Dan Friedrichsen said the cost of the construction has been estimated at $140,000-$150,000.

Funds from the county’s maintenance budget will pay for the building project at 255 S. Green Ave. in the community of about 870.

The price of the one-story structure had once been estimated at about $100,000, but that was when the building’s size was going to be 40 by 60 feet.

“We exceeded what we originally thought for the smaller building, but we have everything included now,” Friedrichsen said. “We have everything included, I think, except signage in our specs. We will put the signage in there. It will be part of the project.”

The estimated cost has increased because the structure’s size has expanded to 40 by 64 feet. The building project has been in the works for about a year.

“That extra 4 feet is going to go a long way in shelving in that building for miscellaneous storage of equipment,” Friedrichsen said.

The structure will be located on what is mostly an empty lot — except for a one-garage county shop — that is located across the street from the courthouse to the southwest.

“There will be 3 feet in-between them,” Friedrichsen said of the county shop and future storage building. “There will be rock on the ground so there won’t have to be any mowing in-between there.”

He noted a new curb and a new sidewalk will have to be installed along the north side of the structure, which will have a two-tone gray steel exterior with four white automatic garage doors on its east side.

One of the garage doors will be 14 feet wide by 14 feet tall to accommodate the storage of the county’s mobile command trailer for emergency management.

“If we have that trailer in there and have to work on it, we’re going to need some room,” Friedrichsen said.

The other three garage doors will be 10 feet wide by 14 feet tall each and house vehicles and equipment used by the county assessor’s, engineer’s and sheriff’s offices and maintenance department.

The structure will be an insulated building with in-floor heating because some of the equipment stored inside the building must be in a climate-controlled area. There also will be a 6-by-6-foot interior bathroom.

“It’ll look very nice,” Friedrichsen said. “It’ll be done right.”