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'Lens' Construction Manager Contract Set for Council Vote

The proposed agreement with Skanska USA Building is for pre-construction and construction services not to exceed $890,000.

The City Council will vote on a proposed contract Thursday that would approve the construction manager for the "Lens" pier and would also set the guaranteed maximum price of $890,000 for preconstruction services. 

  • Preconstruction Phase - Basis of Design Fee, $50,000. 
  • Preconstruction Phase - Design Service Fee, $340,000. 
  • Geotechnical Testing Services - $500,000. 

According to city documents, Skanksa USA Building's services are split into two phases. 

Phase 1, Skanska shall provide cost estimating, constructability reviews and value engineering services for Michael Maltzan Architecture during development of design documents by Michael Maltzan. Phase 2, Skanska shall provide a guaranteed maximum price, which shall become part of a guaranteed maximum price amendment for the construction of the new pier within the city's budget of $50 million.

Preconstruction services begin with Skanska working closely with Michael Maltzan Architecture to develop a cost plan, which is a deliverable required to be provided by Michael Maltzan at the end of the basis of design phase ... Skanska will provide preconstruction services that include but are not limited to refinement of cost estimates during the design phases, constructability reviews, value engineering, project scheduling and procurement coordination. 

On Aug. 2, the council voted to authorize city staff to begin contract negotiations with Skanksa for a construction manager at Risk Agreement with a guaranteed maximum price. 

The existing St. Petersburg Pier is scheduled to close on May 31, 2013, with demolition expected to begin in Fall 2013. 

St. Petersburg officials are continuing with plans to build the "Lens," which is the design slated to replace the existing inverted pyramid, despite pending a legal threat and new petition drive. 

Mayor Bill Foster said last month that the city and Michael Maltzan Architecture will continue with the plan to build the "Lens" until a judge tells them to stop. 

"This is coming along and move forward is what we will do," Foster said. "I assure you that my staff is prepared to move forward with permitting, demolition and construction until somebody tells us to stop.

"I am excited about the potential for the new pier," Foster said last month. "There are some in the city that disagree and that’s the American way. If things turn into a campaign then people in this city will be able to take a side ... and this may end up on a ballot, but until then we are going to move forward."

Peter J Dunlay October 02, 2012 at 04:51 PM
Glad to see you've got the whole picture now!
Peter J Dunlay October 02, 2012 at 05:13 PM
Has anyone noticed that images of the Pier have been removed from all the kiosks all over Town? These politicians are really sure of themselves!
Bizaboo October 02, 2012 at 05:46 PM
Dharma, you don't know what you're talking about and your writing skills are atrocious!
S. Ripley October 02, 2012 at 09:10 PM
This all started back in 2005, and now is pretty much a done deal. It may not be built yet, but the war was over long ago. Remember this next time big money goes looking for a project. That is the time to get involved, not years later when you wake up and realize it is getting spent on something you don’t like.
N.A.W. October 02, 2012 at 10:04 PM
The city voted for demolishing the pier in 2010. A refurbishment option was supposed to be an option for the entire process. In 2005, the TIF financing agreement was for a refurbishment. This administration changed that a few months after Foster came into office. The money was intended for a refurbishment, then it was changed to demolishing, and building new. The petition drive for a vote started in Nov. of 2010, after council voted, at the urging of the Mayor, to demolish the pier without a vote. The voters spoke in the form of the petition, and still it makes no difference to our leaders, with a couple exceptions. Whether they voted the referendum down on a legal technicality, or not, they still shut down 23,000 registered voters. Truly amazing.

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