Liberty Hill: City Hires Austin Architects for $1.8 Million Swim Center
Featured Photo: Children playing soccer in Liberty Hill City Park, where a $1.8 million swim center is planned to be constructed later this year. Image: Google Streets.
by Art Benavidez
Liberty Hill (Williamson County) — It appears that the city’s Swim Center will finally be getting reconstituted to the tune of $1.8 million as documents reveal that the city entered into an additional services agreement with the Austin office of Halff Associates last month.
Halff Associates is expected to provide a revised preliminary pool house floor plan and pool layout, along with helping the city with bidding assistance for the pool redesign for $76,308.
The documents stated that Halff Associates would provide services and performance specifications for the following pool revisions:
Pool house – revise pool house to approximately 1,400 square feet with restroom/changing rooms, pool equipment and chemical storage room, small office space and vending area; CMU structure with metal R-Panel roofing, open air with no HVAC.
Pool structure – revise pool to approximately 4,800 square feet with zero entry kiddie/splash area, tanning shelf, two swim lanes with maximum depth to five feet.
Pool deck and shade – revise pool deck configuration and fabric shade structures.
Landscape and irrigation – revise to accommodate new pool and pool house configuration.
Swim Center is to be located on the grounds of Liberty Hill City Park, west of County Road 200 and Sundance Trail. The proposed park driveway, 53 space parking lot, water and sanitary sewer will not be revised.
The Liberty Hill Independent reported that the design effort has been in the works since 2019, however delays in the grant process pushed the project back until this year. There is no timeline on the project and Mayor Rick Hall is not expecting it to be completed by this summer.
A construction development budget for the project was established at $1.8 million dollars including a 10% construction contingency with $500,000 sourced from a grant from the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department.
The construction development budget was unanimously approved by the City Council on Sept. 28 and supported by the Parks and Recreation Board.
Art Benavidez (Construction News Reporter, Central Texas) is a seasoned journalist with over 15-years of experience in writing breaking news and in-depth features at the local level. He honed his research and reporting skills in newspapers and magazines throughout South and West Texas along with expertise in crafting digital content as Managing Editor of New Image Marketing Research Corporation. Benevidez is a Texas native and graduate of UT-RGV.