Brookhaven, GA, April 12, 2017 – by Anna Williams for The Post – Eight companies interested in constructing a new Skyland Park in the City of Brookhaven attended a mandatory pre-bid conference April 6th held in the parking lot of Skyland Center. Those interested received a description of the project and had the chance to review the bid documents. Attendees also had the opportunity to ask questions about the project.
The eight companies present were:
- SOL Construction
- Multiplex LLC
- Georgia Development Partners
- Ed Castro Landscape Inc.
- Barton Malow
- Frame Development and Construction
- Lovvorn Construction
The City says the award will be made to the supplier submitting the lowest responsive and responsible bid.
Last year, the City of Brookhaven negotiated with the State of Georgia and the DeKalb County Board of Education (BOE) to sell Skyland Park for $4.7 million as part of a larger $7.5 million deal that includes the School System purchasing Skyland Center from the Georgia State Properties Commission. That purchase will enable the DeKalb School District to construct a new elementary school in Brookhaven named after civil rights leader, Congressman John Lewis. The school at this point is slated house 900 students and cost approximately $22 million to construct.
Of the $4.7 million Brookhaven will receive for Skyland Park, roughly $2.3 million will be spent on demolishing Skyland Center and building a brand new park on the property, in accordance with the City’s Parks and Recreation Master Plan. The remaining $2.4 will be spent on greenspace and park acquisition in other areas of the City – such as the PDK Greenspace.
Competitive sealed bids from qualified contractors for Skyland Park must be received by 12:00 P.M. EST, local time on April 28th, 2017. The Skyland Park plans are below. The City says all or none of the alternative / add-on items could be included in the final bid award, depending on the costs associated.
Brookhaven parks plan consultant, Greenberg Farrow, has prepared a design for a new Skyland Park. Included in the presentation City leaders reviewed during their Tuesday, March 28th Work Session, is a “base plan” and an expanded plan showing “add-on / alternatives”. The purpose of supplying the list of amenity alternatives, is to give the City the opportunity to pick from an “a la carte” menu and to get a cost during the bid process which the city may or may not choose to incorporate in the Skyland Park Plan.
Work includes in the construction of a new 4.70-acre Skyland Park includes the following:
- Demolition of Existing Facilities
- Site Erosion Control, Grading & Utilities
- Site Hardscape, Landscape & Irrigation
- Restrooms, Pavilion & Site Furnishings
- All Other Work Necessary for the Completion of the Park Project
Once the contract has been awarded, the City says they expect work to begin within 10 days of approval of the contract and all work must be completed within 180 days from the notice to proceed date. Failure to complete the required construction as specified will result in the assessment of Liquidated Damages at the rate of $1,000.00 per calendar day.