Costs rise, but designs get upgrade in Nevada County’s new Brighton Greens social services hub |

Costs rise, but designs get upgrade in Nevada County’s new Brighton Greens social services hub

Construction costs will triple, but major changes will be made in design, under a final plan approved this week for tenant improvements at Nevada County’s new social services hub at Brighton Greens Business Park.

Nevada County Board of Supervisors on Tuesday unanimously approved an amendment to the lease agreement with M.K. Blake Estate Co. for the 20,000-square-foot building at 988 McCourtney Road, Grass Valley.

The amendment calls for the total cost to jump from the original ballpark estimate of $450,000 to $1.2 million. Of the $1.2 million, Nevada County will pay $750,000, while the owners of the business park will pay $433,000, said Steve Monaghan, Nevada County’s director of information and general services.

He said the increased costs are due to two major revisions that included revamping the entire project design and engineering.

“The specifications have all changed; they’re not the same,” Monaghan said. He said the first of the two major changes is to add space for 19 more employees — or to house almost 100 people, up from the original 80-worker estimate.

“We’re taking six different (health and social services) locations and consolidating them into one space,” Monaghan said. “It will be a one-stop location for the community with a much higher level of efficiency.”

The other major revision is to upgrade to new Title 24 building code requirements for energy efficiency.

Sierra Foothills Construction is the general contractor on the renovation project, which is planned to take 120 days. Monaghan said demolition of the interior is set for the first week in August; move-in is expected the first week in December and will take approximately one month, Monaghan said.

To contact Staff Writer Keri Brenner, email or call 530-477-4239.

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