Eagle Pass: Architect Selected to Reconstruct Public Works Facility
Feature Photo: The Eagle Pass Public Works service center as it exists today. Image: Google Streets.
by Adolfo Pesquera
Eagle Pass (Maverick County) — Following a deadline extension, City Council recently selected the architectural firm that will design the planned reconstruction of the Public Works Department facility.
A Request for Qualification was published in mid-April, asking for architectural services for the design and preparation of construction plans for the Public Works Building. The submittal deadline was extended once and became due May 10.
Finance Director Jesse Rodriguez told City Council at the Aug. 3 meeting that four companies submitted their qualifications. The scoring was close, however, and the evaluation committee opted to conduct interviews.
Gignac Architects scored highest and was the firm preferred by the committee. City Council accepted that choice unanimously.
Rodriguez said Gignac was the same firm the designed the city’s new police department headquarters, adding the department heads were happy with the result.
The other firms considered were GMS (Gomez Mendez Saenz Inc.), Able City, and DPA.
Construction of the facility, which includes reconstruction of an existing structure, will take place at the current Public Works Department yard at 1100 Eidson Road.
Rodriguez estimated it could take about six months for Gignac to complete final designs, at which time City Council would be selecting a general contractor. In 2018, LJA Engineering Inc. produced a site plan for a modernized Public Works Service Center, a document that the architect can use as reference on how to proceed.
Adolfo Pesquera (Reporter/Editor) 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.