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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. 

Jan 23

Town Center Update - January 23, 2019

Posted on January 23, 2020 at 8:20 AM by grodericks grodericks

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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. 
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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

Civic_Court
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. 
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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

Nov 09

Town Center Update - November 9, 2019

Posted on November 9, 2019 at 12:10 PM by grodericks grodericks

Civic_Court
Atherton Town Center - Project Activity

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

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


For the new City Hall and Police Building this week, Amoroso finished and poured the elevator pit walls and began installation of the grade beams and rebar forming the perimeter of the building.

Admin and Ancillary


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

Library Main Wall EntryMost of the work this week focused on the forms for the Library foundations and walls. You can certainly see the Library taking shape. Work also continued moving in the underground plumbing to the building.

In the image to the right, you can see the main wall angling back to the historic Town Hall on the right. Atop this wall will be the entry doors into the children's area from the deck. The gap between walls on the left of the image is the entry ramp going into the library. You can see both in the rendering below. 
Library Rendering
Amoroso is also working on the mock up of the rammed earth wall that will traverse the east wall of the new Library. 

Site Work

Site work this week continued to focus on utilities as the contractor works out issues related to undergrounding of the utilities, the SFPUC water line, water and sewer. Storm drain work is also continuing. Once all this underground work completes, Amoroso can seal up the holes and the buildings will begin to go vertical.

We expect the foundations to be complete and concrete slabs to be poured by the end of this year. After that, steel will begin its installation as the buildings go vertical.

The Look Ahead


Work Areas for the Week of November 12
  • CalWater to continue work on new water line(s)
  • Install water supply to City Hall and Library after CalWater completes
  • Finish underground electrical to all buildings
  • Finish waterproofing of elevator pit
  • Install grade beam rebar and pour concrete
  • Continue work on underground plumbing, mechanical and electrical to Library
  • Continue concrete pours for foundations and walls
Work Areas for the Week of November 18
  • Install Fire Service Line
  • Continue work on grade beams and rebar for City Hall
  • Continue concrete pours for foundations and walls
  • Finish Underground Electrical to Library
Work Areas for the Week of November 25
  • Pour Slurry Piles for City Hall
  • Finish Underground Electrical to Library
  • Double-up Stem Walls and Curbs for 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
Totals   $4,096,376 $2,989,363 $7,085,739
         
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 $   14% 16% 15%
Target Based on 25-Month Schedule   20%


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