by Joni Astrup
Elk River’s public works facility at 19000 Proctor Rd. is out of space, and the city is looking at a possible expansion project.
The City Council has agreed to contract with 292 Design Group of New Hope for architectural services.
Seven architectural firms submitted proposals for the public works/parks/fleet maintenance project, with fees ranging from $337,500 to $745,750. Three were interviewed. The interview panel recommended 292 Design Group and the council concurred.
The firm’s fee is 3.75 percent of an estimated $9 million project, or $337,500.
The work has been separated into two phases. Phase I includes designs and construction documents. It also may include some improvements like fuel island replacement and so forth.
Phase II includes bidding and negotiation and construction administration.
City Administrator Lori Johnson said they will proceed with Phase I and be back for council input before starting Phase II, which includes going out for bids.
“We won’t engage in that process unless the council agrees that we want to proceed. We need to find out what costs we’re looking at, timing and financing,” Johnson said.
She said there is no set time line for the project and it is dependent upon the funds available.
A committee of city staff members and Council Member Matt Westgaard has been working on a master planning study for the public works campus.
Plans are still in the development stage, but the study has identified the need to build the following:
•Approximately 60,000 square feet of vehicle storage
•Approximately 10,000 square feet of fleet maintenance and wash bays
•Approximately 5,000 square feet of office area and break rooms
The current public works facility is about 17,000 square feet in size and was built in 1986, according to Assistant Street Superintendent Mark Thompson. The site also includes a 7,500-square-foot cold storage building, a salt storage building and two temporary office buildings. Other than the temporary offices, the other buildings would remain on the site and continue to be used.