Renovation of the lawn bowling green at Willow Street-Frank Bramhall Park has been given to Goodland Landscape Construction and its contract proposal shall come before the San Jose City Council for a vote of approval on Tuesday 13 December 2016.
See item 2.39 of the City of San José City Council Meeting Agenda, “Report on Bids and Award of a Construction Contract for the 7267 – Bramhall Park Lawn Bowling Green Renovation Project”.
(a) Report on bids and award of a construction contract for 7267 – Bramhall Park Lawn Bowling Green Renovation project to the low bidder, Goodland Landscape Construction, Inc. for the base bid in the total amount of $1,104,350 and approval of a five percent contingency in the amount of $55,218; and(b) Adopt the following 2016-2017 Appropriation Ordinance Amendments in the Subdivision Park Trust Fund:
(1) Increase the Bramhall Park Lawn Bowling project to the Parks, Recreation and Neighborhood Services Department by $455,000; and(2) Decrease the Future PDO/PIO Project Reserves by $455,000.
CEQA: Exempt, Section 15301 Existing Facilities, File No. PP15-065. Council District 6. (Public Works/Parks, Recreation and Neighborhood Services/City Manager)
It was back on 10 November 2016 that Dave Mitchell made a presentation at the board meeting of Willow Glen Neighborhood Association (WGNA), responding to park issues. Mitchell is the Planner/Project Manager for Frank Bramhall-Willow Street Park at the Department of Parks, Recreation & Neighborhood Services of the City of San Jose.
Mitchell stated that the cost for the renovated bowling green will now be “$1,104,350 + $110,435 + $410,215 = $1,625,000”. That’s almost double its initial estimate, and subject to approval from city council on the 13th December.
While the Lawn Bowling Green Renovation remained in waiting from August to this Tuesday 13 December 2016, money originally scheduled in the budget for the bowling green had been traded to the new concession building project, therein increasing the original cost of the concession.
In the original information shared with Stakeholders SGV and WGNA, it was stated by PRNS in the mini-plan set and budget schedule of the Bramhall Park Lawn Bowling Green Renovation project that the initial cost would be $850,000. See here on pages 64 to 73 of the Stakeholders SGV presentation (July 2016) for earlier details.
If the decision is passed at City Hall on Tuesday 13 December 2016, the budget for the Lawn Bowling Green Renovation will be increased by $775,000. That’s just $75,000 short of doubling the original cost (estimated at $850,000).
The city has proposed going forward with a Lawn Bowling Green Renovation project after the new concession building is finished in the park. Construction of the new Restroom, Concession & Storage Building Project started breaking ground on Columbus Day (Monday, October 10, 2016). Mayor Liccardo and San Jose City Councilmembers voted in favor of Agenda Item 5.1: “Report on Bids and Award of Contract for the 7855 – Bramhall RestroomConcession-Storage Building Project” at the San Jose City Council Meeting for August 9, 2016.
It was stated by PRNS in the mini-plan set and budget schedule of the Bramhall Park Restroom and Concession Building project that its initial cost would be $1,200,000 (see the presentation here on pages 38 to 54). But, as of 10 November 2016, Dave Mitchell stated in his presentation to WGNA that the revised cost of the new concession building will now be “$1,116,524 + $111,652 + $415,824 = $1,644,000”.
So, the total cost of all current projects and renovations in Willow Street-Frank Bramhall Park for the year of 2016 — which includes the bowling green and concession building improvements — will be for a revised total of approximately $3,269,000. ($1,625,000 + $1,644,000 = $3,269,000)
Looking back through July and August 2016, the initial estimate was $1.2 million for the concession, plus $850,000 for the bowling green, which means that the total of cost of the two projects, as originally planned, was $2,050,000, as stated back in July 2016.
Notwithstanding, in the earlier planning dates, an estimated amount was not stated for the requested repairs that have since been made on the roof of the old field house, which is situated at Willow Street at Glen Brook Avenue. The old field house was built in the 1950s and is located approximately 550 feet from the new concession building that’s currently underway near the amphitheater, situated at Willow Street and Glen Eyrie Avenue.
At the WGNA board meeting on Thursday 10 November 2016, Dave Mitchell stated that the new roof to the older existing building will cost $30,000, contracted to California Roofing Company. That job was completed in mid-November 2016 (about a month ago).
Adding this roof to the total cost of improvements, as originally planned, it then amounts to $2,080,000. ($1.2 million + $850,000 + $30,000 = $2,080,000)
As of December 13th, increases to the runing costs will include $1,625,000 + $1,644,000 + $30,000, which brings the total amount to $3,299,000.
So, overall, when the mayor and city council vote, the running costs are expected to be about $1,249,000 over the original plans and estimates. ($3,299,000 – $2,050,000 = $1,249,000).