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Wednesday: How can Atherton cut cost of civic center?

Original post made on Sep 4, 2018

Atherton's City Council will hold an early morning meeting on Wednesday, Sept. 5, to discuss options for reducing the cost of its new civic center's police and administration building as well as ways to fill any funding gaps.

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Comments (7)

Posted by Invisible Hand
a resident of Atherton: other
on Sep 4, 2018 at 10:16 am

The scope, scale and overall form of the civic center is fine.

Solicit more bids. Really. You only received 2 bids. Most civic project will rebid if they don't receive at least 4 bids from qualified vendors. If that won't work, then break out the library from the civic center and bid them separately. All of his is being made much harder than it needs to be.


Posted by TomS
a resident of Atherton: West Atherton
on Sep 4, 2018 at 11:16 am

Please no asphalt shingles on a Spanish style building!


Posted by Question posed
a resident of Atherton: other
on Sep 4, 2018 at 12:50 pm

The question posed was "How can Atherton cut cost of civic center?". Lots of advocates are saying "It can't be cut." When the voters decide not to allow the debt, new possibilities for cost cutting will emerge. Until such point, I believe the supporters will continue to be in denial.


Posted by Architect
a resident of Atherton: West Atherton
on Sep 4, 2018 at 7:16 pm

Asphalt singles: YES!
Downgraded finishes: YES!
Lower LEED level: YES!

Functional is beautiful. Don’t waste taxpayer money on fluff. Go for substance. We are not trying to win architecture awards. We want a functional and comfortable workplace for our Town employees.


Posted by Peter Carpenter
a resident of Atherton: Lindenwood
on Sep 4, 2018 at 7:39 pm

Peter Carpenter is a registered user.

Unfortunately the Town Council is facing a local construction market that is overstressed. It is highly likely that no one will bid on this project and if anyone does the bid(s) will be in excess of the bids received for the former design specifications.

This dilemma is of the Town's own making because it took years to acknowledge that the Town needed new buildings and then more years to get to the current pre-bid point.


Posted by Menlo Voter.
a resident of Menlo Park: other
on Sep 4, 2018 at 8:09 pm

Menlo Voter. is a registered user.

It's called supply and demand. There are tons of demand for public works projects and there are only so many contractors available or WILLING to do these projects. You only got two responses because that's how many GC's that are interested in bidding your project. Guess what? You put it back out to bid, it won't get any better. This is the current state of the construction market. You want to spend less money? Reduce the scope of your project. I know there are those that hate to hear that, but that is the fact of the current construction market. Either that, or wait for the next recession (it's coming) and put it out to bid when contractors are hungry.


Posted by Local news
a resident of Menlo Park: other
on Sep 5, 2018 at 12:50 pm

Yes, Winter is coming. Build what you can afford, and postpone the rest until winter is here.

"If you think this has a happy ending, you haven't been paying attention"


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