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Recreation Center Update

Design Build Team Picked!

Post Date:05/23/2017 2:53 PM

We continue to make progress on the Recreation Center with the selection of the Design Build team that will be deliver the project.  Lydig Construction with ALSC Architects, and Absher Construction with ORB Architects, participated in a set of proprietary meetings with the City’s project team.  These meetings are designed to give our team a better idea of what each team’s design approach is and a better understanding of how they intend to approach the project.  The design team’s proposals were due on May 11, 2017 and were followed up with an Open House at the Community Center that provided the public an opportunity to review the proposals on May 18, 2017.  We would like to express our gratitude to all the community members that attended the Open House to provide their opinions on the two different proposals.  On May 19th our project team met to score the two proposals using the criteria established in the RFP.  The best overall score was Lydig Construction & ALSC Architects.  We anticipate being able to issue a Notice to Proceed on the project as soon as May 30, 2017. 

It’s taken a while to get to this point but this is when the actual design of the facility begins in earnest.  The design phase is slated to run from June 2017 through March 2018.  The construction phase for the project is anticipated to begin in September 2017.  One of the advantages of utilizing a Design Build model for the project is that construction can start before the design is 100% complete.  This is one of the main factors that makes Design Build a more cost effective project delivery system.   

The City is also continuing the capital fundraising effort to supplement the bond approved by the residents.  We have been working closely with Westby & Associates to undertake a feasibility study and develop the strategy to createthe capital campaign.  The first step was refining the mission and vision statements for the parks and recreation department.  The Westby team led a workshop with staff and the Park Advisory Board members to refine the statements.  The mission and vision statements are key elements that will be utilized by the Westby team when they start making contact with potential donors.  Staff worked with Westby to identify an initial forty contacts that Westby can reach out and set up interviews to discuss the project.  These interviews are essential to see how the business and philanthropic community perceive the project.  The interviews will help identify what areas we need to focus on and allow us to recognize where adjustments need to be made.  When the interviews are complete Westby will provide a report to the City Council that serves as the outline for the Capital Campaign.  

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