This rendering shows the entire four-building Civic Center project faceing east. The parking structure will be built on the north side of the campus. (Courtesy of City of Lake Forest)
This rendering presents an aerial view of a portion of the Civic Center project, with a two-story parking structure in the background. The City Council awarded a contract to Lake Forest-based ARB Structures, Inc. for design and build of the structure at Tuesday’s City Council meeting. (Courtesy of City of Lake Forest)
The city of Lake Forest awarded a contract to ARB Structures, Inc. for the design and build of a two-story parking structure for the Civic Center project, which will rest in open space at the end of Indian Ocean Drive. (Tomoya Shimura, Staff)
The Lake Forest City Council will look to a next-door neighbor when it comes to the design and construction of the two-story parking structure that will accompany the Civic Center project.
At Tuesday night’s regular meeting, the City Council approved awarding a contract of $7.6 million to Lake Forest-based ARB Structures, Inc. for both the design and construction of the two-story structure that will sit on the north side of the project site at the end of what is now Indian Ocean Drive.
ARB Inc. has a regional headquarters located on the corner of Indian Ocean Drive at Commercentre Drive. A satellite office is located off Bake Parkway, just north of Commercentre Drive.
“We’re thrilled to be able to award the contract to our new hundred year home here in Lake Forest to a Lake Forest business,” Mayor Scott Voigts said. “Them being just down the street is going to be a point of honor for them. I think they’re going to do a wonderful and beautiful job.”
ARB’s proposal was selected over two other firms based on a scoring system that included the technical proposal, interview and fees. ARB may start the design of the project on May 23, according to a staff report.
ARB will design the project based on bridging documents from project architect Carrier Johnson, in which the parking structure will have 308 parking stalls – including 15 ADA spaces, 19 electric vehicle charging stations and 21 clean-air spaces – equipment capable of producing 200 kilowatts of electric power, an elevator of 3,500 pounds, three flights of stairs, a service and fire lane and a loading area.
The project is the largest capital improvement project to be worked on by a Lake Forest business in at least the last six years, said Keith Neves, deputy city manager and director of finance for the city. He couldn’t confirm whether it was the largest in the city’s history.
MORE MONEY FOR VILLAGE POND PARK RENOVATION
The City Council also approved increasing a contract to Aquabio Environmental Technologies, which is providing animal relocation services for the Village Pond Park project, by $21,717 with a unanimous vote, but not without some discussion.
The original contract to Aquabio was for $25,000, made on Oct. 25, 2016. City staff informed the City Council the extra cost is to compensate for unforeseen circumstances in draining the pond and caring for the animals.
The California Department of Fish and Wildlife required Aquabio to seine the pond to determine the quantities and species of fish at the facility, which wasn’t initially anticipated to be required originally, said Carlo Tomaino, assistant city manager.
El Toro Water District also determined that only 80,000 gallons of water could be drained from the lake per day, which extends the time frame to drain the lake to 26 days, a staff report said. The extended time frame requires aeration devices to ensure that remaining fish and turtles have sufficient oxygen until they can be collected, a requirement of CDFW, the report said.
Both aspects were characterized as unforeseen by both the city and Aquabio upon the formation of the contract. The renovation project will cost approximately $2.7 million overall and is scheduled to be completed in 2018.
For more information about the project, visit lakeforestca.gov/Village-Pond-Park-Improvement-Project.
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