Harford County Government plans to build a 25,388-square-foot water and sewer office building on the 32.5-acre Abingdon Water Treatment Plant property, and the site plan was reviewed by the county's Development Advisory Committee last Wednesday morning.

The review by various county and state approval agencies took place nearly six months after the county awarded a $5.3 million contract to design and build the structure.

Paul Newman, with the Gaithersburg engineering and land planning firm Macris, Hendricks and Glascock, told the review committee the building will be three levels, with two stories visible from the front and all three visible from the back.

Access will be from Abingdon Road.


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"Except construction vehicle access," Newman said, "there won't be any work done in the public right of way."

Employees at the water treatment plant will still be able to use the internal access roads on the property. Newman noted the communication tower on the site will remain.

As of last week's meeting, the stormwater concept plan had been approved by the county.

Based on the peak number of employees at the plant, 50, plus the 39 estimated people to use the office building, Newman said there will be 91 parking spaces.

"We are currently in the early stage of design. Construction is scheduled to start this summer," Deputy Public Works Director Joel Caudill wrote in an e-mail Monday explaining the schedule for the project. "The DAC [Development Advisory Committee] presentation was to obtain site plan comments and approval."

In late June, the county's board of estimates approved a design-build contract with Forrester Construction Co. of Rockville. That approval came a month after the board rejected an earlier contract proposal because it wanted more information on the cost.

At the June board of estimates meeting, Caudill, representing Water and Sewer Division of the Harford County Department Public Works, said the building was comparable in cost per square feet to other county buildings that have been constructed.

He called the project "a very cost effective building" and pointed out it would be sustainable as possible with a high efficiency HVAC system.

Procurement documents for the contract also stated the third floor of the building would not be occupied immediately, so there likewise would be no utility costs associated with that part of the building initially.