Park Project Contract to be Awarded this Month

The Dolores Park rehabilitation project has a contractor with a bid $4 Million over original estimates (If all goes according to plan). Director Of Capital & Planning Division, Dawn Kamalanathan broke the news at last week’s Parks Recreation and Open Space Advisory Committee (PROSAC) meeting.

The biggest reason for this overage according to Rec and Park was the delay in the project caused by a long Planning Department review. Planning had the plans for almost a year. The scope of the project did expanded slightly from the original 2007 estimates made for the 2008 bond. And there will be a 10% cost to phase the work and keep half the park open at all times. But the biggest increase is definitely because we missed the 2011/12 window for a more competitive bid climate. Jake Gilchrist, Dolores Park project manager told us. “We’re seeing year over year construction cost increases of 10-30%.”

A few weeks before the oppening of the Hellen Diller Playground. You can see the crowds held back by the conctruction fence. photo by Todd Lapin

Dolores from a balloon, March 4, 2012. A few weeks before the opening of the Hellen Diller Playground. You can see the crowds held back by the construction fence.
photo by Todd Lapin

Where are these the additional funds expected to come from? Rec and Park has held a significant chunk of the 2008 Bond in reserve for this project because they foresaw the increase in construction costs.

Groundbreaking is now expected around March 1 of this year, but Jake Gilchrist will get the date nailed down in the next couple weeks. The time between Commission approval and groundbreaking is required for the contractor to get signed, insurances get processed, etc., he tells us. Alten Construction, Inc. is the general contractor and Bauman Landscape, the Helen Diller Playground contractor, is the landscape construction subcontractor. Jake and Rec and Parks Capital Improvement division will bring the contract to the Rec and Park Commission for final approval, January 23. We will be there to report hopefully good news.

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Dolores Park Works Co-founder