Memorial Day Weekend 2014 is anticipated opening date for splash pad
A and M Construction, from Oak Grove, was the winning bidder. They were also the lowest of the eleven bids received with a base bid of $1,404,357. They will work with Hoisington Koegler Group, Inc. (HKGI), who is serving as the project manager for the phase two improvements. Additional project expenses of $180,961 were also approved. These include additional electrical service requirements, project design, concrete and bituminuous testing, roof snow guard protection and other site observation, inspection and project management services involving HKGI, WSB Engineering, Oertel Architects and other city-related expenses.
The bid included six alternate improvements. Five of the six were recommended by the Park Commission and approved in the contract by the council, adding $94,756 to the project. An additional $19,477 was approved for contingencies bringing the total project cost and a reduction of mobilization line item of $26,551 brings the project’s total cost for phase two improvements to $1.653,523. Contingency funds will be expended only upon council authorization. The project cost is within the budget estimate of $1,673,000.
Phase two includes constructing a new picnic pavilion, reconstructing the programming building, installation of the splash pad and a wide array of additional site improvements. The five alternate improvements that will be included are:
• Purchase and installation of site furnishings including picnic tables, benches and more.
• Replacing metal overhead doors with tempered glass doors on the program building.
• Paving remaining trails throughout north loop of the park.
• Adding pre-cast caps to seat walls and entryway monuments.
• Incorporating the flag pole plaza into the entryway area.
The one alternate that will not be implemented is changing the roof from the original metal roof design to asphalt shingles. This would have saved about $50,000 on the project; however, City Administrator Bret Heitkamp shared the Park Commissioners’ preference to see consistency throughout the project in keeping with the metal roof design. The council agreed with this recommendation.
The project is expected to be completed by Memorial Day Weekend in 2014.
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