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Yuma firm LPC Construction chosen to build Somerton City Hall

Posted: Sunday, March 20, 2016 3:29 pm | Updated: 8:01 am, Mon Mar 21, 2016.

BY CESAR NEYOY BAJO EL SOL

SOMERTON – LPC Construction of Yuma is scheduled to begin building Somerton’s new City Hall next month.

By unanimous vote, the Somerton City Council recently awarded a contract of a little more than $3.3 million to the Yuma firm for the new governmental building to be located at State Avenue and Spring Street, in the city’s downtown.

“They (LPC) submitted the lowest bid, but that decision also had to do with the fact that it is a company from the area that will use local labor (in the project),” Somerton Mayor Martin Porchas said.

In all, nine bidders had sought the contract for the project.

The current City Hall at State and Main Street was built in the 1940s and, say city officials, has become too cramped to house a municipal government that has grown over the decades.

The new 15,000-square-foot structure, designed by LEA Architects of Phoenix, will have what city officials say will be a modernistic design that will nonetheless blend in with the historical character of Somerton’s downtown. It will house all city offices and will have window counters to serve residents and businesses.

“This is something that is very good for the city and the community,” Porchas said. “We hope to have the building (completed) at the beginning of next year, and that in February we would be able to have the first city council meeting there.”

Drew Pillkington, owner of LPC Construction, said the new City Hall will become the focal point for downtown Somerton.

“This is going to be the landmark for Somerton,” he said. “This building is going to wow the people driving by.

“We’re really excited to be a part of this. This is definitely going to be one of the nicest buildings in Yuma County.”

Pilkington said his company plans to begin making site preparations on April 10. A formal groundbreaking ceremony will take place April 14, with construction to follow.

Ryan Shy will be project superintendent for the City Hall construction, Pilkington said.

The city has secured a loan of $3.9 million from the U.S. Department of Agriculture for the project and will pay off the loan with proceeds from the .08 percent sales tax previously approved by Somerton voters.