Work on other projects to be financed by a 2013 bond issue continue moving forward.
The city published Sept. 16 a “request for proposals” seeking offers from construction and engineering companies for a package “design/build”of Orchard Street, said Brian Scott, deputy city manager.
The bond issue included $4.6 million for rebuilding a section of Orchard Street and adding paved shoulders to part of Pryor Road.
Scott said the city had to revamp some of its purchasing policies and get council approval for using that method. The city’s usual track is to hire a design firm, getting a design and cost estimates, then ask for construction bids. The city would acquire right-of-way.
By choosing one company to design and build, it can compress the time taken to complete the project, he said.
“It’s a little new with roads,” Scott said. “It’ll be a bit of an experiment for us.”
Design work on Pryor Road, another bond project, is being done in house, he said. The city will get construction bids, with the goal to start that project in the spring.
Design work on the Legacy Park Amphitheater is waiting for the parks department, working with a consultant, to create a business plan. Amphitheater improvements were part of a $2.9 million bond issue for that project and a downtown cultural arts campus.
That plan will take into account activities expected to take place at the amphitheater and take into account competition with activities in the metropolitan area, said Joe Snook, deputy parks administrator.
The department’s policy is for operation of such facilities to be self-supporting, financially, so its first step is a viable plan, including such details as whether the department will ask renters of the amphitheater to provide their own lighting or sound systems.
Then the parks department can conclude negotiations with a design firm, because it will know what kind of specialists will be needed.
“That will help us make those key decisions,” Snook said.