Feature Photo: Laredo’s El Metro Transit bus fleet maintenance yard. Image: Google Streets.
by Adolfo Pesquera
Laredo (Webb County) — A Laredo-based architectural firm was awarded a contract to upgrade El Metro Transit’s obsolete CNG fueling station.
City Council, while meeting as the Laredo Mass Transit Board, authorized the city manager on April 6 to execute a contract for $103,727 with Sepulveda Associates Architects Inc. They are being tasked with the design and development of plans and specifications for the fueling station, assisting with bidding preparedness, and administering construction.
Sepulveda Associates was the sole bidder to a Request for Proposals that went out last summer. In January, the council directed staff to begin contract negotiations.
El Metro’s Compressed National Gas (CNG) Fueling Station, located at 401 Scott Street, was built in 1995. The facility has 42 slow fill fueling stations and when assembled it was one of the first state-of-the-art fueling stations in Texas.
Sepulveda Associates will review the original construction documents that were prepared over 26 years ago by Fiedler Group. They have the option to modify or add design elements. They just also coordinate with American Electric Power Texas on electrical service, and with Reliant Energy on the proper sizing of sizing of the new equipment.
Construction must occur in phases to avoid interrupting daily operations. The RFQ stated there are 20 existing refueling stations that need replacement or upgrade, and the fueling base needs an additional 16 refueling stations. There is also a request for the installation of one quick-fill station, a fueling system dryer and a computer-based monitoring system.
During the bidding phase, Sepulveda Associates must have final construction documents ready, conduct a pre-bid conference, issue addendum.
There was no mention of an estimated project cost, however, architectural fees are typically about 10% of total cost.
VBX Project ID 2020-586C