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Jail project: should start seeing building coming up out of ground

McLeod County’s jail expansion is starting to take real shape, the County Board heard Tuesday morning.
Sam Lauer of Contregrity, the construction management firm, said within a few days, “it’s going to start to look like a building coming up from out of the ground.”
That is, of course, if the area doesn’t get the expected rain Wednesday and Thursday that is predicted to dump another 2 to 3 inches of water locally.
Lauer said work has begun on the load-bearing walls and structural steel. Lauer said he is hoping to get the building essentially enclosed by mid-November but, again, that depends on the weather.
“We seem to lose two to three days for every day of rain we get,” said Lauer.
This summer’s unusually wet weather has also hampered the Judd Avenue project, which will provide a north-south connection between 11th and 10th streets east of the construction area.
Lauer said that the subgrade soil has been wet.
“We’re trying to get that subgrade to dry up enough to continue,” said Lauer. He said there has been about a good week to a week and a half of work on the one-block stretch of street, but the subgrade was being turned again Tuesday to help it dry out.
“Good luck, Sam,” commented Commissioner Doug Krueger. “Every time you tell me this, we get another three inches of rain.”

For more, see the Sept. 19 print edition of The Chronicle.