Council wants to assess the municipal facilities building, will choose firm

June 24, 2016

At Monday’s West University City Council meeting, set for 6:30 p.m., the council will discuss selecting a firm to do a comprehensive building assessment of the municipal facilities building.

The request has made by city council of staff to seek out proposals for the assessments. Staff received eight submittals from firms and narrowed it down to three.

City staff will recommend the firm, Huitt Zollars, based on their proposal and previous work experience conducting building assessments on similar buildings. The company’s previous work includes assessments for Sugar Land, Huntsville, Houston, Harris County Flood Control, Harris County and Fort Bend Independent School District.

The work to be assessed will be in the following facilities:

  • Community building and Senior center
  • Library
  • Public Works Maintenance building
  • Public Works Operations building
  • Public Works Administrative building
  • Scout House
  • Fire station apparatus bay
  • WWTP Office building

The firm that is selected is expected to asses each of the following:

  • Building envelope (including roof)
  • Exterior systems
  • ADA
  • Life safety
  • Electric and mechanical systems
  • Foundation and building structure
  • Interior finishes and systems
  • Plumbing systems and infrastructure.

The city estimates that the work will be broken into three phases. Phase I will encompass assessing the condition of the facility. Phase II involves the planning while phase III is the asset management plan. According to city documents, the work will take between 90-120 days to complete.

The total cost to complete the base service is $63,700.

In other agenda items, the council could agree on accepting the new changes in the Regional Mutual Aid Agreement from the Houston-Galveston Area Council and the Gulf Coast State Planning Region.

The agreement was originally signed off in 2003 but due to recent disasters in the area like Hurricanes Katrina, Rita, and Ike, changes needed to be made to the agreement.

According to city documents, the new agreement better addressed reimbursement issues raised by FEMA. It also provides financial protection to both the requesting and the responding jurisdictions during a major disaster.