At this Tuesday’s meeting, the City Council will vote on a design proposal to add a water feature to the new City Hall, which may cost as high as $685,000.
The current City Hall’s construction cost is estimated at $18.9 million. The City plans to borrow $12.7 million to support the construction budget.
The design plans for City Hall are nearing completion and the Project Manager has advised that if the City desires to include a water feature as part of the public plaza, a decision needs to be made as soon as possible but not later than October 31.
Options for a water feature have been proposed and order of magnitude cost estimates for equipment and installation prepared by Design Collective.
All options add costs to the budget but may offer opportunities for sponsorships. For example, the College Park Rotary may be in a position to pay for a plaza feature in exchange for name recognition. It is not clear at this time how much the Rotary may be willing to spend. Should they decide to sponsor a feature already included in the project budget such as a bus shelter, benches or landscaping, these funds could be applied to the cost of a water feature instead. Options under consideration are:
1. Water Wall – A wall structure is already included in the plaza design. The estimated cost of adding water is $235,385.
2. Pop Jet/Water Scrim (4 variations) – There are differences in pattern placements, movements, and lighting. The estimated cost range of these options is between $580,000 and $685,000