San Antonio: County Commissioners Green-Light Design Completion of Precinct 4 Facility, Authorize RFP for CMAR
Feature Illustration: Concept rendering of the drive-thru side of the planned Precinct 4 Facility to be constructed in Converse. Courtesy: Huitt-Zollars.
by Adolfo Pesquera
San Antonio (Bexar County) — Commissioners Court authorized negotiations to amend an agreement with Huitt-Zollars to have the architect complete design and construction administration of a 30,230-square-foot facility to be constructed near Randolph AFB.
During the Tuesday morning session, the commissioners also authorized the release of a Request for Proposals for Construction Manager at Risk services to assist the architect with completion of construction documents for the Precinct 4 building.
Precinct 4 Facility floor plan.
There will be a pre-proposal meeting in May on the RFP for a CMAR. That exact date has not been decided. Proposals will be due in June and the county anticipates having a CMAR under contract by August.
The new building will be located to just south of the Northeast Sheriff Substation at Rocket Lane and North Loop 1604 East.
The Precinct 4 building is being designed to provide a base for Precinct 4 Commissioner Tommy Calvert, as well as branch offices for the tax assessor collector, justice of the peace, and constable.
Site development includes public parking to the west (front entrance) and secure parking to the east; accessible routes and sidewalk locations; drive-thru lanes for residents that need to do transactions related to county fees or fines; indoor and outdoor queuing areas; and three patios.
Huitt-Zollars has completed 50% of the total design on the project, but the contract did not include design completion without the court’s approval. Facilities Management Department director Dan Curry recommended the court stay with Huitt-Zollars to avoid the lag time of hiring a new consultant or the loss of their project knowledge.
Their current contract for $500,000 was to take the project through schematic design and design development. The amendment covers construction documents and construction administration, and this adds roughly another $500,000 to their fee.
Construction of the facility is expected to exceed $10 million, Curry said.
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