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El Paso: Combo Recreation Center-Library Projects Reach Pre-Construction Phase

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Mormon Mok Architecture designed a combination San Antonio Public Library and YMCA recreation center on the site of a former grocery store on the West Side of San Antonio; it opened December 2016. The City of El Paso plans to build two combo rec center-library facilities.

 

Posted: 4-27-2017, 1:25 p.m.

by Adolfo Pesquera

El Paso (El Paso County) - The City of El Paso is evaluating general contractor submissions for two combination recreation center-library projects and one stand-alone recreation center, with an estimated total cost of $21.5 million.

The three capital improvement projects are primarily funded through the 2012 Quality of Life Bond Issue.

The combination recreation center-library is a concept that has taken off in recent years. In 2016, San Antonio completed construction of a combination San Antonio Public Library and YMCA recreation center.

Requests for proposals went out April 5 and were due yesterday. Evaluations will be conducted through the month of May and a Construction Manager at Risk agreement for the Pre-Construction Phase will be awarded in July.

The individual projects are described as follows:

  • Alameda Area Recreation Center and Library, 7380 Alameda Avenue (SH 20), will be from 24,000 to 30,000 square feet. Estimated cost is $7 million.
  • Chamizal Area Recreation Center and Library, 2119 Cypress Avenue, will be from 23,000 to 28,000 square feet. Estimated cost is $6.5 million.
  • Lomaland Area Recreation Center, 709 Lomita Drive within the 10-acre Lomaland Park will be from 28,000 to 34,000 square feet. Estimated cost is $8 million.

During the design phase, all three facilities are to incorporate sustainable practices to achieve a minimum LEED Silver or Green Globes II certification.

The Alameda site is a 4.5 acre vacant lot that was formerly a sales lot for manufactured mobile homes. It is about one block northwest of Riverside High School.

The Chamizal Area site is presently home to an El Paso Water Utilities maintenance and repair warehouse complex. The recreation center-library will occupy a portion of the 4-acre site. The RFP said portions of the existing building will be demolished, and a portion of the site will be used for a "complementary project."

The recreation center amenities are to include a gymnasium, fitness area with weights, cardio and dance activities, elevated running track, game rooms, classrooms, a non-commercial kitchen, dining/multi-purpose area with stage and sound system, outdoor children's playground, security desk, restroom and locker facilities, an IT server and Wifi, and administrative office.

Abacus PM Inc. will manage and oversee project engineering services. This includes design and construction from inception to full completion.

"Abacus, with approval of the Capital Improvement Department, is responsible for developing the engineering scope, estimate, design criteria and requirements, project schedule, and construction criteria," the RFP stated.

For the chosen general contractor, the CMAR scope of work will be in two phases: pre-construction and construction. The pre-construction phase has an estimated term of 270 calendar days.

The CMAR for the construction phase will be issued separately. The construction phase has an estimated term of 420 calendar days.

The projected schedule for both phases is as follows:

  • Aug. 2017:  30 percent schematic design cost estimate
  • Oct. 2017:  60 percent design development cost estimate
  • Feb. 2018:  90 percent construction documents cost estimate, with subcontractor bid review
  • Feb. 2018:  100 percent construction documents with Guaranteed Maximum Price
  • Mar. 2018:  Evaluation of Proposal, and "Best and Final Offer" deadline
  • Mar. 2018:  Construction Phase Award
  • Apr. 2018:  Notice to Proceed for Construction Phase
  • May 2019:  Substantial Completion
  • Jun. 2019:  Final Completion and Project Close-out

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The 10-acre Lomaland Park (above) will be home to a new recreation center, scheduled to open late 2019.

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Adolfo Pesquera is a veteran news journalist. He has worked for Hearst Corp., American Lawyer Media, News Corp and Freedom Communications. His work has been published in newspapers and magazines across the USA. He is a journalism graduate of UT-RGV. He writes, edits and creates digital pages for VBX.