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Harlingen City Commission to Approve Architect Contract on Destination Park Phase II

Feature Photo: Lon C. Hill Destination Park. City Commission is expected to approve the architectural/engineer contract today with the design team for the Phase II project. Image: Google Maps.

Posted: 9-15-2021

by Adolfo Pesquera

Harlingen (Cameron County) — City Commission is on track to approve an AIA Agreement at today’s regular session for architectural services for the design and project management of the Lon C. Hill Destination Park Phase II project.

The agreement, which is with Gomez Mendez Saenz Inc. (GMS), also identifies the entire design team. Consultants retained under basic services:

  • SSP Design LLC of Brownsville is the landscape architect.
  • Green Rubiano & Associates of Harlingen is the structural engineer and will provide windstorm certification.
  • Ethos Engineering LLC of Harlingen is the MEP.
  • Ferris, Flinn & Medina LLC of Harlingen is the civil engineer.
  • Millennium Engineers Group Inc. of Pharr is the geotechnical engineer.

Earlier this year, the City Commission directed staff to solicit statements of qualifications for architectural/engineer services. The three finalists were GMS, ROFA  Architects Inc. and Gignac Architects. At the May 19 session, the City Commission opted for GMS and authorized staff to negotiate a contract and prepare plans and specifications.

Phase II of the park improvements include the design and construction of an amphitheater, a multipurpose trail (Stadium Loop) constructed of concrete, and an adaptive sports field.

The amphitheater is to have terraced seating, a concrete stage, perimeter pergola, a stage roof, site drainage, electrical and landscaping. Walkways will be included that connect the amphitheater to existing park improvements. The pergola was an option that will be included, budget permitting.

The architect/engineer contract is in the amount of $199,000. The total construction budget for this phase is $4,144,012.

When the project is ready to proceed to construction, the delivery method will be by Competitive Sealed Proposal, according to a response the Parks & Recreation Department director gave to GMS.

VBX Project ID: 2021-23D4

Lon C. Hill Destination Park in Harlingen. Image: Google Earth/VBX Graphic.


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About the Author:

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.

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