Construction for this project is expected to conclude in Spring 2019. The project includes a reorientation of the park entrance, landscaping, relocation and replacement of the existing playground, improvements to the existing pavilion, the construction of additional parking and the construction of an amphitheater for special events.
The Independence Park Improvement Project is showing a need for additional operational capabilities for the stage building. Addressing the following needs brings the stage building to a level that can be used to promote Pearland arts and culture.
Structural integrity of the building to hang and conceal truss lighting and sound system equipment, weighing approximately 6,000 pounds
Electrucal capacity to support major events with sound and light within the building, loading areas, and the height of the building
Stage building originally design for minor performances with the understanding that light and sound towers would be portable. Such an arrangement would only accomodate very small music events.
Preliminary estaimates for structural changes, additional electrical within the building and site, and modifications to the stage building foundation for loading/unloading of stage and performance equipment totals to approximately $227,225.00.
Convention and Visitors Bureau Advisory Board meeting approved a motion to fund the changes for the Independence Park Performance. Staff will request City Council approve the use of CVB funds to provide these changes.
Amendments will also be required between the City and each of the contractors working on the Independence Park Improvements Project Phase I. The amendments for each of the contractors-- Talley Landscape, Kraftsman, and Harper Brothers Construction, will include changes in the design scope of the stage building and electrical system and electrical work.
The Independence Park Improvement Project requires additional purchase contracts for material and equipment to be procured. The contracts include design and construction for a stage/dressing room building and for the installation of a playground as part of the Phase I project. The stage/dressing room building form the centerpiece of the amphitheater for live entertainment, while the playground forms the centerpiece of the all-access children's portion ofthe park.
Contract Details and Need for Stage/Dressing Room Building
Design and construction of stage building, stage area, air-conditioned dressing rooms, private restrooms, and electrical service
Will provide a public gathering space for arts, culture, and entertainment
Provide a gathering space for cultural tourism, increased visitor interest, and enhaced artistic park environment
Total cost for shelter and stage: $368.911.00
Contract Details and Need for Playground
Contract includes relocation, replacement, and expansion of existing playground to an all-inclusve playground to provides access for residents with passive recreation opportunities for all age groups and abilities
Features a recycled playstructure with ramps. Recommended for age 5-12, with a 277-person capacity
Amenities featured: four slides, trapeze rings, balance beams, forts with rooftops, cargo net climber, foot bridges, three handicap acess points, crawl tunnel, vertical and horizonal climbers, games, etc.
Creates an aesthetically pleasing playspace for children's use
Provides for an inclusive destination for residents and visitors
Will feature increased ssafety with new and clean area that meets national playground standards
Total cost of new playground: $299,466.00
Staff recommend that Council award both contracts for installation of the new playground and for the design and construction of a stage building
The Independence Park Phase I project advertised for bids on June 14, 2017 and June 21. Four potential bidders attended the mandatory pre-bid conference held on June 22 and submitting bids. The engineer’s construction estimate for the project is $3,500,000.00.
After reviewing all bid packages, the Selection Committee met with Harper Brothers Construction and HouScape, Inc. to iscuss project specifics and value engineering alternatives. Both were asked to return "best and final" offers by August 10. Finals offers were:
Harper Brothers Construction: $3,617,116.00
HouScape, Inc.: $3,756,866.00
Discussions with the Parks & Recreation Department concerning budget resulted in the removal of other bid alternates. Removing altnerates from Harper Brothers' bid equates to an award amount of $3,442,424.00
Staff recommends construction contract be awarded to Harper Brothers Construction in the amount of $3,442,424.00
The Independence Park Improvement Project Improvement Project Phase 1 was selected to receive an Honorable Mention from the Houston-Galveston Area Council Parks and Natural Areas Awards in the Planning Proces category.
The HGAC commended the leadership exhibited by the City of Pearland, and said, "The project serves as a model for other projects in the 13-county region."
The Independence Park Improvement Project Background
Background and Need
Independence Park is one of the City's oldest and most recognized parks, and holds the second highest utilization of all City Park facilities. As such, improvements to Independence Park are considered a high priority under the Parks and Recreation Master Plan.
Phase 1 was improved in the 2007 Bond Package and included in the FY2016 Capital Improvement Program.
The project seeks to bring amenities up to the standard that is required by use, safety, or age. Emphasis will be placed on improving outdated amenities and increased programming for passive recreation, programming for familities, fitness, non-sports activities, and special events for all city parks facilities.
Phase 1 Scope
Phase 1 begins transformation of the park from an active recreation park into a passive recreation park. Improvements will include:
Reorientation of the park entry to Pearland Parkway
A small amphitheater stage and sloped berm seating area for special events
Relocation and replacement of the playground as an accessible all-inclusive play area
Improvements to electrical and lighting
Minor architectural detail additions and resurfacing of the courts as the existing pavilion
Fiber connectivity and landscaping
Active recreation activties such as youth sports will move to new facilities to better support those activities.
Existing soccer field use will relocate to Hickory Slough Sportsplex
Uses such as the outdoor swimming pool, pool house, dog park, and tennis courts will remain and are not included in the phase of improvements.