Council OKs architect for city hall lobby [UPDATED]Published 9:39am Wednesday, August 7, 2013 Updated 11:47am Wednesday, August 7, 2013
The council approved an agreement for architectual/engineering service with Shultz & Associates not to exceed $16,500 for the city hall lobby project.
The city submitted the Minnesota Historical Society state capital projects grant for the lobby project in July. It’ll find out if the funds will be awarded in early September.
The grant includes relocating the front desk to be more centrally located in the front lobby. The work area is designed to be more efficient, increase access control and be ADA accessible for workers and the public. The grant also includes reconstructing restrooms for the first floor, to realign access to the lobby and reconfigure them so they are ADA compliant.
The amended budget includes $137,000 for construction (which includes restroom reconstruction), $15,000 for administration, $16,500 for architectural/engineering services, a $15,000 contingency for a total amended project budget of $183,500 (up from $115,000 before restroom reconstruction was factored in).
The funding for the project will come from the Building Capital Improvement Fund and potentially the Minnesota Historical Society grant funds. The grants are for building systems and accessibility up to $100,000 or a 50 percent match. Matching funds are in the building capital improvement fund.