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Major step in Auburn-to-Roseville coroner move

Roseville facility expected to cost $28.5 million
By: Gus Thomson, Reporter/Columnist
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In a key development in moving the Placer County coroner’s facility out of Auburn, supervisors approved a $24 million contract Tuesday to design and build a new facility in Roseville.

The contract is with Roebbelen Contracting of El Dorado Hills, which topped two other candidates making proposals.

The other two — C/S Broward/Arrington Watkins and ProWest/HED — won’t walk away empty handed. The county is paying each of them $75,000 in the form of a stipend for work leading up to their losing proposals.

All three were selected in August to compete for the contract to design and build the new coroner facility at the South Placer Justice Facility in Roseville.

A county-selected committee reviewed and scored the submissions based on a “best value” criteria, leading to selection of Roebbelen Contracting as the top-ranked firm, Deputy Public Works and Facilities Director Steve Newsom reported to the board Tuesday.

The current coroner’s facility is located at the Placer County Government Center in North Auburn. The relocation would move the coroner — which is an adjunct of the Sheriff’s Office — from a building constructed in 1943 to a new location at the justice facility that already contains a jail, district attorney’s offices and courts.

The coroner project is expected to cost a total of $28.5 million, with the additional $3.9 million going toward a list of other charges that includes testing, project management, permits, fees, contingencies and the $150,000 in stipends.

Cost of the project is being paid for through builder impact fees and capital reserves.

“The county’s pathologists have been accomplishing their work in challenging conditions, and the new facility will provide state-of-the-art equipment while planning for future needs and growth,” Newsom said.

The coroner’s office is chiefly responsible for autopsies and issuing death certificates.