City Approves Engineer for Sunken Gardens

By SHAUN FRIEDRICHSEN

News Director

After issuing a request for qualifications and receiving only one response, the Alliance City Council has selected an engineer to move forward with the sunken gardens revitalization project.

During its meeting on March 5, the council voted to award the project to Baker and Associates of Scottsbluff. Qualifications for Baker and Associates were reviewed by a group of city staff. According to the narrative provided to the council members, staff members were impressed by previous projects similar to the sunken gardens the company completed.

The total cost of the contract awarded to Baker and Associates was $14,700, which includes concept planning and design development engineering services for the project, which encompasses the first and second phases of the project.

Once those phases are completed, the council will be asked to approve the creation of construction documents. The adopted resolution states that there are a total of five phases to the project, with bidding and construction administration, testing and inspections to follow the creation of construction documents.

The proposed cost provided by Baker and Associates, which encompasses all phases of the project, comes to a total of $71,700.

Some of the other projects handled by Baker and Associates include the Downtown Gering Plaza, Sidney Hickory Square and the Scottsbluff High School Courtyard Plaza.

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