City Construction Projects
The following are some of the projects the City of Deer Park has undertaken:
- 13th Street and Underwood Road Pavement Improvement Project - This project is for the repair of the paving joints and section along East 13th Street and Underwood Road. On August 21, 2018, City Council awarded the pavement improvement project to D&W Contractors in the amount of $170,050. Construction began in January 2019 and is expected to be completed this spring.
- Corrugated Metal Pipe (CMP) Rehabilitation Basin 3 - City staff purchased services from Fuquay, Inc. through BuyBoard to perform the CMP Rehabilitation throughout the city. Fuquay conducted an inspection of the city's storm outfall system and identified CMP that was in need of repair and rehabilitation. An Epoxy liner and UV liner system will be used to prevent further damage and strengthen the existing pipe; thus, preventing failure and prolonging the life of the system. Approximately 4,100 linear feet of CMP will be rehabilitated at a cost of $352,355.54. The project is expected to be completed this spring.
- Street Replacement Project - The City of Deer Park received $7.5 million from the sale of Series 2015 Certificates of Obligation for the Street Replacement Project and the construction of the new Animal Shelter. A portion of the funds, along with $1,633,813 allocated in the Capital Improvement Fund (FY 2017-2018), funds the Street Replacement Project. The streets affected are West 9th Street from Boston Avenue to Center Street and West 12th Street from the dead end to Center Street, Arbor Drive, Baron Lane, Cork Lane, Dahlia Lane, Ember Lane, Fleet Lane, Glacier Lane, Hastings Lane, Iris Lane, Justin Lane, Kelvin Lane, Amherst Lane, and Brown Lane. This project has been awarded to D&W Contractors in the amount of $5.1 million. Construction began in May 2018 and is anticipated to continue for 450 days. Construction on 9th Street and 12th Street are about 95% complete. Ridgeway Subdivision, which encompasses Arbor Drive, Baron Lane, Cork Lane, Dahlia Lane, Ember Lane, Fleet Lane, Glacier Lane, Hastings Lane, Iris Lane, Justin Lane, and Kelvin Lane, is approximately 60% complete, while construction on Amherst Lane and Brown Lane is about 50% complete with an expected completion date in late summer of 2019.
- Construction of New Animal Shelter - The funds from the sale of the Series 2015 Certificates of Obligation will also be used for the construction of the new Animal Shelter. Quorum Architects, Inc. was hired to design and oversee the project. In April 2017, this project was awarded to Construction LTD in the amount of $2,240,668. The ground breaking ceremony was held on June 13, 2017, with construction starting shortly thereafter and expected to be completed during the 1st quarter of 2019. The public will be invited to a Grand Opening/Ribbon Cutting Ceremony after construction is complete.
- Rehabilitation of the P Street Ground Storage Water Tank - This project is for the rehabilitation of the interior and exterior of the storage tank. It is being funded out of the 2017-A Certificates of Obligation. Dunham Engineering was hired to perform the engineering design work for the rehabilitation of the tank at a cost of $65,000. City Council awarded the project to MK Painting in the amount of $339,000 in December 2018. Construction began this January. The project is expected to be completed during the 2nd quarter of 2019.
- 2018 Lane Striping Project - City Council has approved an annual lane striping program. The 2018 Lane Striping Project includes portions of Georgia Ave., San Augustine St., 13th Street and East Blvd. The intersections and crosswalks on these streets, as well as the major intersections along Center St. and Luella Ave., will also be a part of this project. It will be funded out of the General Fund. The project is expected to begin this March. Lane striping requires warmer weather for better adhesion.
- Waste Water Treatment Plant Improvement Project - This project is identified in the 10-year Water and Sewer Capital Improvement Plan. The project was split into two phases and is being funded with Certificates of Obligation. Phase I of the project was awarded to CSA Construction and was completed in February 2017 at a cost of $4,998,654. In June 2017, Phase II of the project was awarded to LEM Construction in the amount of $13,636,685. Anticipated completion for Phase II is August 2019.
Parks & Recreation
Type B Projects
In May 2015, the Deer Park voters approved a one-half of one percent sales and use tax that was dedicated for specific public park facilities and improvements throughout the city. The 7 approved projects were (i) the replacement of the restroom facilities in Dow Park with a new pavilion structure that includes a stage, restrooms, and a concession stand; (ii) the renovation and expansion of the community center and gym to include an indoor pool; (iii) the expansion of the existing Maxwell Center and parking lot; (iv) the renovation of baseball fields including, but not limited to, the Spencerview Sports Complex (Durant Fields); (v) the renovation of the girls softball facilities at the Youth Sports Complex; (vi) development of soccer fields; and (vii) the development of hike and bike trails. The following is a status update for each project:
- Dow Park Pavilion Project - The City of Deer Park entered into a contract with Halff Associates as the architect and South Pool and Spa as the general contractor. The City terminated the contract with the previous general contractor and awarded a contract for the completion of the project to Millis Development and Construction, LLC. The project was funded with $1.5 million from Type B sales tax. The new restroom buildings and pavilion structures were installed. The project was completed in September 2018 and a grand opening/ribbon cutting ceremony was held on September 27, 2018.
- Community Center – A building assessment of the Deer Park Community Center and Gym was conducted by an architectural firm. The engineers have concluded that, due to structural concerns, permanent repairs to the community center structure would necessarily be highly invasive, cause significant disruption to the use of the building, and lack 100% certainty. Renovations to the building would also be very expensive, so much so that replacement versus repair of the community center should be considered. Three joint workshops with City Council, the Deer Park Community Development Corporation (DPDCD), and the Parks and Recreation Commission, as well as the architect, have been conducted to review and discuss the possibility of constructing a new community center rather than attempting to renovate the existing facility. Brinkley Sargent Wiginton Architects was engaged to assist the city in developing a feasibility plan for a new facility. City staff visited approximately 8 to 10 recreational facilities in December 2018/January 2019. The information gathered included cost, programming, square footage, and operations data. A joint meeting with City Council, the DPCDC, and the Parks and Recreation Commission was held on January 28, 2019 to provide updates on details from previous meetings, report on the facility visits, and to discuss the pool consideration, as well as the assessment and cost recovery. At the joint meeting on February 25, City staff expects to report on current programming at the Deer Park Community Center, make recommendations for future programming, as well as assess the programming from Brinkley Sargent Wiginton Architects and the cost recovery of the community center.
- Maxwell Adult Center - The project was funded with $2 million from Type B sales tax. The City of Deer Park selected Halff Associates as the architect and Frost Construction as the general contractor for the project. Construction began in November of 2017. The project has been completed. The Maxwell Center held a dedication/ribbon cutting ceremony on January 15, 2019 at 5 p.m.
- Spencerview Athletic Complex (Durant Fields) - The City of Deer Park entered into a contract with T. F. Harper as the general contractor and Halff Associates as the architect. The project was funded with $2 million from Type B sales tax. The project began in June 2016 and the dedication was held on Aug. 1, 2017 after the completion of the project.
- Girls Softball Complex - This project is funded by $3 million from Type B sales tax. The City selected Tandem Services as the general contractor and Halff Associates as the architect for this project. Construction began in January 2018. The project is approximately 90% complete. Several building items, including the ballfield lights, are still being worked on. Additionally, the grass in the sodded area is growing well and will mature soon. For safety purposes, traffic on the field is not allowed until May 2019. City staff expects a final walk-through with Tandem Services and Halff Associates before anticipated completion of the project in March/April 2019.
- New Soccer Complex - The project is being funded with $4 million from Type B sales tax. The City of Deer Park selected Halff Associates as the architect and Tandem Services as the general contractor. Construction began in January 2018. The project is about 90% complete. The sprigging of the grass for the fields is scheduled for March/April 2019. Completion of the Soccer Complex is anticipated to be in April 2019. The Soccer Complex will be open for league play this fall.
- Hike and Bike Trails – On January 28, 2019, the DPCDC approved the recommendation to request approval from City Council to authorize an agreement with Burditt Consultants, LLC to prepare for the development of hike and bike trails with a site feasibility study, an implementation plan with cost estimates, phasing strategy, and schematic design of trail alignments. The item was placed on the agenda for the City Council meeting on February 5, 2019.
Other Parks & Recreation Project Updates
- CorWorth Concession and Restrooms - This project includes 2 pre-fabricated CorWorth restrooms. One, with concession and storage area, for the Adult Softball facility on Pasadena Blvd. and the other one with restrooms for the Claude Burgess Center. The total cost for both buildings is $284,243. This project has been completed.
- Wayfinding Program - A comprehensive wayfinding program was developed to educate and direct visitors to Deer Park, as well as engage those that are unaware of what the city has to offer. The Deer Park Civic Wayfinding System is intended to celebrate the history and vibrancy of the area, while giving special attention to the parks, recreation, and open spaces of Deer Park. The City’s approach was to implement the wayfinding system in phases over a period of several fiscal years. The wayfinding signs are classified as primary vehicular signs, secondary vehicular signs, tertiary vehicular signs, and monument signs (located in front of a park or city building). National Sign Plazas is the contractor approved to complete the initial phase of the project. This project is being funded out of hotel occupancy tax (HOT) revenues. Four monument signs were installed in parks around the city. At the end of 2018, phase 1 signs were being adjusted and 15 wayfinding signs were expected to be installed along Center Street and the surrounding perimeters of the city. At this time, most of the signs have been completed and installed with the exception of one sign. City staff continues to work with the Texas Department of Transportation and the pipeline company to confirm the location of the final sign.
- Deer Park Nature Preserve - Phase 1 was part of a voter approved General Obligation Bond program. $500,000 is allocated in bond funding for this project. The City applied for and received a Texas Parks and Wildlife Grant in the maximum amount of $400,000 of which the City will match an equal amount. The project will consist of a parking area, decomposed granite trails, a gateway structure, as well as lighting along the walking trails and a sidewalk. RVI is the project architect. The City awarded construction of the project to Millis Development and Construction, LLC. There will be a separate contract for the restoration of the wetland area (conservation easement) under guidance from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. A conceptual plan envisions Phases 2 and 3, which include an education center, outdoor classroom areas, sensory garden, possible overnight camping areas, and more. Phase 1 of the Deer Park Nature Preserve has been completed and a grand opening in 2019 is anticipated. The scope of work for the conservation easement area is being revised by City staff to include the removal of an abundant number of tallow trees. Additionally, there are drainage issues in the area that need to be taken into consideration when developing plans for the trail.
- Adult Complex Pavilion - A new pavilion has been installed at the Adult Softball Complex to provide shade, as well as a place for visitors to gather and eat during league games and tournaments. The pavilion was funded in the FY 2017-2018 and installed in the fall of 2018.
- Dow Park Pool Slides – In FY 2017-2018, $125,000 was budgeted for 2 new slides at Dow Park Pool. The slides were installed in Sept. 2018 and are ready for summer! One slide is a fiberglass 36" open flume body slide, while the other is a fiberglass 96" family slide.