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Wednesday, November 07, 2012

Council Set to Approve Latest Skatepark Design Agreement

BY BILL KOENEKER

The Malibu City Council is poised to approve an agreement for professional design services for the Malibu Bluffs Park Skatepark.
The design service contract, not to exceed $38,299, is being awarded to Wormhoudt, Inc. who was chosen from the 10 design firms that  submitted responses.
The request for proposal was released at the beginning of the year and included tasks for site analysis, community outreach, conceptual design, schematic design, final design development, cost estimates and final construction documents.
In June, 2012 the council decided there had not been enough community input and discussed options for including more members of the public.
Subsequently, the council directed the staff to reject all proposals, re-issue the RFP for design services and include up to three members of the community to serve as advisors throughout the selection process, according to a staff report.
The Skatepark Ad Hoc Committee, comprised of Councilmembers Joan House and Skylar Peak, met in the end of August and at the direction of the council appointed three community members to serve as advisors in selecting a skatepark design firm.
Of the six applicants, Justin Kell, Walter Lohr and Hamish Patterson were appointed to advise the city on selecting a design consultant, according to city officials.
The proposals were reviewed by qualified city staff and the advisory group appointed by the skatepark ad hoc committee.
Using the evaluation criteria as outlined in the RFP, the proposals were scored and ranked by the six-member review team.
“Of the 10 design firms submitting proposals, the top four were invited to interview last month. The firms interviewed were ASD, California Skateparks, Wormhoudt Inc., and Wally Hollyday Skateparks, which incidentally were the same four firms that were previously interviewed,” wrote Bob Stallings, Parks and Recreation Director.
“Based on the proposal submitted by Wormhoudt, Inc. their interview, and reference checks, staff recommends the city council authorize the city manager to execute a professional services agreement with Wormhoudt, Inc. in an amount not to exceed $38,200.
The citizen advisory committee and city staff ranked Wormhoudt, Inc. as the best consultant to perform the work. Wormhoudt was also the highest ranked consultant at the time city staff interviewed companies back in May of this year.” Stallings added.
The city council has stated that they would like to see a “world class” skating facility  constructed at Bluffs Park.
The staff report on the skatepark is available online at www. malibucity.org

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