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Town Center Project Activity Blog

This is a Blog for the Civic Center Project. Entries involve updates to the project, photos, video links, and other information relevant to the Project. 

Feb 28

Town Center Update - February 28, 2020

Posted on February 28, 2020 at 11:28 AM by grodericks grodericks

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Atherton Town Center - Project Activity

Steel!

Work continues with a focus on the City Hall Building as steel is erected and the structure begins to go vertical. Work continues on the Rammed Earth Wall mock-up to test its design and constructibility. Electrical and mechanical work continues in the under slab of the Library Building. The Police Department Ancillary Building gets ledgers for decking. Communication conduits are run throughout the site. 

Live webcams for
Library
and City Hall/PD Building are active on the Town's website. There is also a project progress photo gallery

Naming and Donation Opportunities

New_RoadThe City Council recently sent a Naming and Donation Opportunities letter to all Atherton residents. The letter should be mailed early next week. The Council invites the community to become a part of Atherton's history. The new Town Center Project is by far the largest undertaking in the Town's 97-year history and as you can see below it is well underway! The Council identified 20 unique Naming Opportunities connected to the project. Donations would assist the Town in reducing or eliminating the need for short-term financing to bridge the revenue flow gap during construction. The opportunities for naming have various ranges with the most significant being the ability to name the new road that will connect Fair Oaks Lane to Ashfield Road and run next to the new Town Center. 

It is very exciting to see this long-awaited new Town Center and Library come to life. The projected opening is Fall 2021. For more details on naming opportunities and donations and how to enhance your current donation or become a part of history by making a new one, visit the donation website.
 

City Hall and Police Building


Full Town Hall SiteThe photo to the right is an image from January looking across the City Hall and Police Building toward the location for the new Police Ancillary Building in their Secure Parking Lot - toward Caltrain.

The single-story, concrete masonry unit (CMU) building will be used to store:

  • Stolen Evidence/Vehicles
  • Property Storage
  • Fleet Maintenance
  • Police Motorcycles
  • Special Operations/Emergency Equipment
  • Emergency Generator & Power Equipment
Steel at City HallThe image to the right is from today as steel work continues on the City Hall Building. A construction crane pulls the steel up and around the building as crews set it to build the frame of the building. The contractor has been authorized to request work variances for hours in order to move the steel work forward quickly. A work variance has been approved for Saturday, February 29 to work from 9 am to 5 pm. Ingress and egress for Saturday is restricted to Fair Oaks Lane. The contractor will be providing neighborhood notices. Work is limited to steel installation.

Steel at City Hall II
 
Below is a Site Plan for the full project. 


Site_Plan

Historic Town Hall

Historic Town Hall InteriorMost of the interior work of the Historic Town Hall building is further down in the project timeline. Currently the contractor is removing exterior plaster around the windows for new window installation and demolishing the interior subfloors an walls. 

Work is also being prepared to seismically retrofit the building. 

This building will ultimately become a part of the new Library connected via a deck and french doors that spill out from the side of the building onto the new deck. 




Library Building

REW_CompleteMost of the work this week the under slab electrical and rammed earth wall mock-up. Work will continue on the communication conduits for the building and move into the under slab foam and underfloor electrical.
  
Rammed earth walls provide better thermal protection by absorbing or slowing down the passage of heat through the material. On average, a rammed earth wall will help regulate the building's interior temperatures improving its energy performance. In addition, the rammed earth wall will have sound reverberation characteristics that will improve sound insulation from passing trains.

The image below is the similar view from February 2020. Most of the current work is focused on the City Hall Building.
Library February 28


Site Work

Site work this week finished up connections for storm drains and water lines. 


Here's a view of the new entrance to City Hall coming in off of Fair Oaks Lane. Administration Offices are on the right. The first floor will be Town Administration and the Post Office. The second floor is the Building, Planning, and Public Works Departments. The bottom and top floors on the left are the Police Department. Secure Parking Lot entry is off to the left of the main building. 
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The Look Ahead


Work Areas for the Week of March 2
  • Installation of Fire Service Line and Water Line - All Buildings
  • Erection of Structural Steel - City Hall Building
  • Installation of Electrical to POC - Library
  • Installation of communication conduits to Town Hall - Library
  • Underslab Mechanical - Ancillary Building
  • Installation of Ledgers - Ancillary Building
Work Areas for the Week of March 9
  • Erection of Structural Steel - City Hall Building
  • Finish communication conduits to Town Hall - Library
  • Install Underslab Foam - Library
  • Install Underfloor Electrical - Library
  • Installation of Ledgers - Ancillary Building
  • Set Structural Steel - Ancillary Building

Project Financials

 Payment Request Period Town Share Library Share Total
Payment Request #1 June 2019 $983,533 $538,622 $1,522,155
Payment Request #2 July 2019 $540,673 $587,037 $1,127,711
Payment Request #3 August 2019 $605,478 $972,754 $1,578,232
Payment Request #4 September 2019 $997,235 $638,317 $1,635,551
 Payment Request #5 October 2019 $969,456 $252,633 $1,222,089
 Payment Request #6 November 2019 $1,318,002 $341,692 $1,659,694
 Payment Request #7 December 2019 $1,346,738 $555,978 $1,902,716
 Payment Request #8
 January 2020
$1,289,498 $480,925 $1,770,423
Totals   $8,050,613 $4,367,958 $12,418,572
         
Initial Project Bid   $28,701,034 $18,375,966 $47,077,000
Net Change Orders   $41,532 $73,410 $114,952
Updated Project Cost   $28,742,566 $18,449,376 $47,191,942
% Complete based on $   28% 24% 26%
Target Based on 25-Month Schedule   32%

At 26% completion, change orders for the project are at 0.2% - $114,952 of $47.1 million. 

 
George Rodericks
City Manager
grodericks@ci.atherton.ca.us

Feb 28

Town Center Update - January 23, 2020

Posted on February 28, 2020 at 11:27 AM by grodericks grodericks

Civic_Court
Atherton Town Center - Project Activity

A lot has transpired in the last month with the Project. Most of the utility work has been completed; the mock-up of the rammed earth wall was completed and finalized; work began on the pad for the new library; and the Police Department Ancillary Building began to take shape. 

Live webcams for
Library
and City Hall/PD Building are active on the Town's website. There is also a project progress photo gallery

City Hall and Police Building


City_Hall_2The photo to the right is an image from December looking across the City Hall and Police Building toward the location for the new Police Ancillary Building in their Secure Parking Lot - toward Caltrain.

The single-story, concrete masonry unit (CMU) building will be used to store:

  • Stolen Evidence/Vehicles
  • Property Storage
  • Fleet Maintenance
  • Police Motorcycles
  • Special Operations/Emergency Equipment
  • Emergency Generator & Power Equipment
The image below is from today (January 2020). The CMU walls for the building have been constructed. Entry door gaps can be seen along the front of the building. This is the side of the building that will face interior to the Police Department Secure Parking Lot. As construction continues, the view will change as the new building begins to go vertical in front of the Ancillary Building.
Full Town Hall Site
 
Below is a Site Plan for the full project. 


Site_Plan

Historic Town Hall

Interior work of the Historic Town Hall building is further down in the project timeline. Current work for the building included a review of the interior wood construction for dry rot and installation of rebar at perimeters for the beginnings of earthquake retrofit of the foundation.

This building will ultimately become a part of the new Library connected via a deck and french doors that spill out from the side of the building onto the new deck. 


Library Building

LibraryMost of the work this week focused on the installation of geotextile fabric and crushed rock for the slab work. Over the next week, the contractor will form and place rebar for the slab and begin to form walls. The image to the right was from December 2019.

The image below is the similar view from January 2020.


Full Library Site

REW_FormsAlong the left site of the Library Building (you can see the base forms in the image above) and a portion of the rear wall will be sections of Rammed Earth Walls. A rammed earth wall is constructed by "ramming" a mixture of selected aggregates, including gravel, sand, silt and a small amount of clay, into place between flat panels called formwork. The image to the left here shows the formwork of the rammed earth mock-up. The mock-up was constructed per the plan specifications to test construction methods and appearance. The image below is the completed mock-up with the forms removed. 

REW_Complete

Rammed earth walls provide better thermal protection by absorbing or slowing down the passage of heat through the material. On average, a rammed earth wall will help regulate the building's interior temperatures improving its energy performance. In addition, the rammed earth wall will have sound reverberation characteristics that will improve sound insulation from passing trains. 



Site Work

Site work this week finished up connections for storm drains and water lines. Work also continued on the installation of the chilled water line connections between the two buildings.


Once underground site work completes and steel begins to arrive on site, the buildings will begin to go vertical and take shape.

Here's a view of the new entrance to City Hall coming in off of Fair Oaks Lane. Administration Offices are on the right. The first floor will be Town Administration and the Post Office. The second floor is the Building, Planning, and Public Works Departments. The bottom and top floors on the left are the Police Department. Secure Parking Lot entry is off to the left of the main building. 
Fair_Oaks

The Look Ahead


Work Areas for the Week of January 27
  • Installation of underground electrical from Ancillary Building to Main Building
  • Installation of slab forms for Main Building
  • Regrade and Clean-up Pad for Main Building
  • Installation of Rebar @ Rammed Earth Wall Locations for Library
  • Completion of Vapor Barrier @ Library
  • Form Lower Slab @ Library
  • Complete Underslab Electrical @ Ancillary Building
  • Install Ledger Boards @ Ancillary Building
Work Areas for the Week of February 3
  • Complete underground electrical from Ancillary Building to Main Building
  • Begin work on Main Building Pad (Geotextile Fabric/Crushed Rock)
  • Form and Pour Lower Slab @ Library
  • Set Structural Steel @ Ancillary Building

Project Financials

 Payment Request Period Town Share Library Share Total
Payment Request #1 June 2019 $983,533 $538,622 $1,522,155
Payment Request #2 July 2019 $540,673 $587,037 $1,127,711
Payment Request #3 August 2019 $605,478 $972,754 $1,578,232
Payment Request #4 September 2019 $997,235 $638,317 $1,635,551
 Payment Request #5 October 2019 $969,456 $252,633 $1,222,089
 Payment Request #6 November 2019 $1,318,002 $341,692 $1,659,694
 Payment Request #7 December 2019 $1,346,738 $555,978 $1,902,716
Totals   $6,761,115 $3,887,034 $10,648.149
         
Initial Project Bid   $28,701,034 $18,375,966 $47,077,000
Net Change Orders   $41,532 $73,410 $114,952
Updated Project Cost   $28,742,566 $18,449,376 $47,191,942
% Complete based on $   24% 21% 23%
Target Based on 25-Month Schedule   28%


 
George Rodericks
City Manager
grodericks@ci.atherton.ca.us

Dec 06

Town Center Update - December 6, 2019

Posted on December 6, 2019 at 11:02 AM by grodericks grodericks

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Atherton Town Center - Project Activity

Overall project work this week focused on foundations, plumbing, and electrical to the buildings. Installation of grade beams and rebar at City Hall and the formation of the curbs and stem walls for the Library continues. 

Live webcams for Library and City Hall/PD Building are active on the Town's website. There is also a project progress photo gallery

City Hall and Police Building


City_Hall_2For the new City Hall and Police Building this week, Amoroso cured and stressed a number of grade beams and continued work on underground plumbing and electrical for the building.

Edge forms and curbs were built for the Police Department Ancillary Building in the Secure Parking Lot. 

Below is a Site Plan for the project. The Ancillary Building is located within the Police Department's new Secure Parking lot between the new Building and the Caltrain railroad tracks. 

Site_Plan

Historic Town Hall

Demolition of the interior of the historic Town Hall building is complete. This building will ultimately become a part of the new Library connected via a deck and french doors that spill out from the side of the building onto the new deck. 

Work on this building will be sealed up for the winter season as work continues elsewhere on the project site. Once the interior work begins, work will resume on the historic Town Hall building.

Library Building

Most of the work this week focused on the curb and stem walls as well as the mock-up for the rammed earth wall. Work on under slab electrical finished up on Friday. 

Library

Site Work

Site work this week continued to focus on utilities as Amoroso works out and installs sewer, storm drains, water supply lines, and fire service lines.

Foundations and concrete slabs are expected after the new year. After that, steel will begin its installation as the buildings go vertical.

Here's a view of the new entrance to City Hall coming in off of Fair Oaks Lane. Administration Offices are on the right. The first floor will be Town Administration and the Post Office. The second floor is the Building, Planning, and Public Works Departments. The bottom and top floors on the left are the Police Department. Secure Parking Lot entry is off to the left of the main building. 
Fair_Oaks

The Look Ahead


Work Areas for the Week of December 9
  • Sewer Line work continues for the site with final connections to be completed at Maple Avenue and Fair Oaks Lane.
  • Installation of Grade Beams Rebar and Templates for City Hall with 2 Concrete Pours
  • Underground Electrical Work continues at City Hall
  • Form, Rebar and Place Curbs at the Library with a planned Concrete Pour
  • Work on the Mock Up Rammed Earth Wall continues
  • Form, Rebar and Place Curbs at the Ancillary Building with a planned Concrete Pour
Work Areas for the Week of December 16
  • Water Supply Lines installed to City Hall, Library, and Ancillary Building
  • Cure and Stress Various Installations at City Hall
  • Install Grade Beams at City Hall
  • Installation of Underground Plumbing at City Hall
  • Installation of CMU Wall at Ancillary Building
Work Areas for the Week of December 23
  • Cure and Stress at City Hall
  • Installation of Underground Plumbing at City Hall
  • Installation of CMU Wall at Ancillary Building

Project Financials

 Payment Request Period Town Share Library Share Total
Payment Request #1 June 2019 $983,533 $538,622 $1,522,155
Payment Request #2 July 2019 $540,673 $587,037 $1,127,711
Payment Request #3 August 2019 $605,478 $972,754 $1,578,232
Payment Request #4 September 2019 $997,235 $638,317 $1,635,551
 Payment Request #5 October 2019 $969,456 $252,633 $1,222,089
 Payment Request #6 November 2019 $1,318,002 $341,692 $1,659,694
Totals   $5,414,378 $3,331,055 $8,745,433
         
Initial Project Bid   $28,701,034 $18,375,966 $47,077,000
Net Change Orders   $41,532 $73,410 $114,952
Updated Project Cost   $28,742,566 $18,449,376 $47,191,942
% Complete based on $   19% 18% 19%
Target Based on 25-Month Schedule   24%


 
George Rodericks
City Manager
grodericks@ci.atherton.ca.us