Progress Report - March 15, 2017
Submitted by, Russ Behrens, City Manager
The mild winter has allowed work to progress on various aspects of Central Park. The shelter house is completely framed and drop down ceiling is complete. Shingles have also been installed. The construction of site concrete will begin in the coming weeks. We will also be re-grading the southeast corner of the park to level the site. The J.B. Grinnell memorial stone will be removed and stored during this work to protect it from possible damage. Workers will also be installing the quick coupler valve irrigation boxes soon. The city is installing a new sanitary sewer line to the northeast corner of the Veterans Memorial Building at their request. Final design decisions are being made about resinous flooring, wood stain, plantings, seeding, permanent plaza seating wood type, and storm basin material.
The majority of the performance stage construction is complete. Due to an error during construction the column heights for the performance stage were 18” lower than the approved design. Bushong Construction has agreed to correct this error which will involve lifting the roof, extending the columns to the approved design height. This will all be monitored closely by the city’s structural engineers.
The final completion date is still anticipated to be July 20, 2017; however we are working with the contractor to complete priority areas and aspects as soon as possible. For example, we want to finish the northeast corner of the park around the performance stage first so that we can work to establish the grass near the performance stage as this will be a high traffic area.
For more information on the Central Park project, visit the project webpage.