Atherton Town Center - Project Activity
Construction continues in earnest on both City Hall and the Library. Floors have been poured for the new City Hall - both 1st and 2nd floor. Work continues now on installation of the utility systems, roofing systems, and fire systems. On the Library, most of the work is dedicated to the new rammed earth walls.
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
Construction funding for City Hall, Police Building and Site Improvements ($28.7 million) consists largely of donations and the Town's General Funds. To assist with cash flow during the project's construction timeline, the Town issued a Certificate of Participation (COP). COPs are a short-term funding tools for projects and are used mainly for large, multi-year infrastructure projects. The Town would like to retire this short-term debt sooner than it would be obligated to do so (10-years). To do so, additional donations toward the project would be required.
Recently, the City Council mailed a Naming and Donation Opportunities letter to all Atherton residents - this is available online as well. The Council invites the community to become a part of Atherton's history by donating with a Naming Opportunity. The Council identified unique Naming Opportunities connected to the project - some of which have already been selected but there are plenty more opportunities! The City Council considers awards of naming opportunities at their regular meetings as donations are received.
Donations will assist the Town in reducing or eliminating the need for a short-term COP to bridge the revenue flow gap during construction. The opportunities for naming have various ranges with the most significant being the ability to name a 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, absent delay associated with COVID-19. 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
The image below is from today as interior utility work continues on the City Hall Building. The Building is taking clear shape.
On the right of the image is the single-story Council Chambers portion of the Building. The Council Chambers also serves as the Town's Emergency Operations Center and connects directly to the Police Building. The second floor of the Police Building is set back from the first floor and includes the break room, training room, locker rooms and offices. The lower floor of the Police Building includes the briefing room, interview rooms, and evidence storage.
Along the left side of the image on the lower floor is the lobby area and on the second floor is the walkway across the lobby to Community Development (Building, Planning and Public Works Offices). Administration is on the lower floor on the left.
In the near portion of the image, you can see vehicles in the temporary Police Parking Lot. This area will eventually become the Civic Court of the new facility.
Below is a Site Plan for the full project.
Historic Town Hall
Most of the interior work of the Historic Town Hall building is further down in the project timeline. There is currently no activity on the Historic Town Hall.
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.
The image below is from this week. Work this week focused on the forming of the new rammed earth walls for the Building.
Site work continues for utilities and other required site improvements.
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.
The Look Ahead
Work Areas for the Week of June 8
- Installation of Fire Service and Water Lines
- Installation of Power and Communication Conduits
- Exterior Wall Layout/Deflection Clips
- Install Steel at Mechanical Platforms
- Installation of Utility Ductwork
- Installation of Overhead Plumbing and Piping
- Rough-in Fire Protection
- Install Stair 2-3
- Place Forms and Shotcrete for Rammed Earth Walls
Work Areas for the Week of June 15
- Exterior Wall Layouts
- Installation of Utilities, Plumbing and Piping
- Form Interior Curbs
- Frame Coordinated Walls
- Install Door Frames (Ancillary Building)
- Place Forms and Shotcrete for Rammed Earth Walls
At 38% completion, approved change orders for the project are at 0.24% - $114,971 of $47.1 million.
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