Rock County Board approves demolishing former Rock Haven nursing home

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Ashley McCallum
Friday, August 11, 2017

JANESVILLEThe Rock County Board on Thursday unanimously decided to demolish the former Rock Haven nursing home next year.

Demolition will consume $1 million from the 2018 budget.

Three cost scenarios for renovating county health care facilities were presented to the board as part of a Rock County space needs study.

Two scenarios called for the demolition of Rock Haven, and one proposed renovating the building into office space.

The estimated renovation cost was $17.97 million, according to a cost-analysis study by Angus-Young Associates.

Board members agreed that the sooner the demolition was done, the more cost-efficient the project would be.

The $1 million demolition estimate was based on three estimates from demolition companies, said Brent Sutherland, director of facilities management for Rock County.

Board member Sandra Kraft asked about the value of recycling bricks from the demolition, following the process used for the former Ossit Church Furniture building on North Parker Drive.

The county will consult with Janesville Brick and Tile to evaluate whether recycling the bricks will be cost-efficient, Sutherland said.

"It's in our best interest to recycle bricks if we can," he said.

The tunnels that ran under the building, which connected Rock Haven to the health care center, will be removed during the demolition, Sutherland said.

The former Rock Haven was built in 1962 and has been vacant since 2013, according to the resolution to authorize demolition.

It currently does not meet international building codes or light safety codes.

The current Rock Haven nursing home, 3400 County F, was built in 2012. A cost analysis found it was better to build a new nursing home rather than renovate the existing one to accommodate needs, according to the resolution.

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