Austin: City Issues RFQ for Designs for Aquatic Facilities
Featured Photo (above): The city of Austin plans to renovate the pool at Givens Park recreation center. Image: Austin Parks and Recreation
By Edmond Ortiz
Austin (Travis County)–The city issued a Request for Qualifications (RFQ) for architectural services to design a new Colony Park District Park pool, and refurbishment of the Givens Recreation Center’saquatic facility.
The city’s voter-approved 2018 bond is funding both projects, which are paired in one bid package. The new Colony Park aquatic facility will complement the recently completed park that includes several playing fields, playground, fitness equipment, two pavilions, picnic tables, and a hike and bike trail.
The concept plan for Colony Park District Park, which was developed in the last several years. The city plans to build a new public pool there. Image: City of Austin
Colony Park District Park, in northeast Austin, includes the Turner Roberts Recreation Center and Multi-Use Facility and Overton Elementary School.
Givens District Park, east of downtown, contains a playground, ball fields, basketball and tennis courts, a pavilion and open lawn areas.
Both aquatic facility projects will follow guidelines in the city’s aquatic master plan. That plan identified northeast Austin as an area underserved by aquatic facilities.
As such, the Colony Park facility will serve as a community pool to serve two expanding surrounding neighborhoods.
The city will facilitate a public process to gather community feedback on desired amenities for the Colony Park facility there.
The Colony Park project will also take part in the city’s Arts in Public Places program.
The Givens pool, too, is classified as a community pool, and the scope of work here includes demolition of existing pools and bathhouses.
The city will gather community feedback on desired amenities at Givens. The design team will be asked to integrate the new aquatic facility there with the park grounds.
The total estimated cost of design, permitting, demolition, site work and new construction is $13 million for the Colony Park pool, and $6 million for the Givens pool.
A pre-response meeting was held May 14. RFQ responses are due 3 p.m. June 16.
Interviews will be held July 28. City Council anticipates awarding a contract Sept. 17.
VBX members may track this project using ID number: 2020-3CD5.
Earlier this year, the council awarded project management services for the Givens/Colony Park aquatic package to ECM International Inc. of San Marcos.
The city next plans to issue a solicitation for a CMAR for the same project package.
Edmond Ortiz is a lifelong San Antonian and a 20-plus-year veteran in local journalism, He previously worked full-time at the San Antonio Express-News, and has been freelancing for outlets such as the Rivard Report.