Council authorizes city manager to sign $2.5 million contract with Scott | Edwards Architecture.

The Lake Oswego City Council took another step forward in the creation of an aquatics and recreation center on the Lake Oswego Municipal Golf Course Tuesday evening.

During the Sept. 1 meeting, the City Council unanimously voted to authorize City Manager Martha Bennett to sign a $2.5 million contract with Scott Edwards Architecture for preparation of construction documents for the new center.

Back in June, the council approved a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) that put into effect the Intergovernmental Agreement (IGA) between the city and the Lake Oswego School District. The MOU is a confirmation of the location of the future aquatic and recreation center — which will be at the Lake Oswego Municipal Golf Course — and a commitment for funding the project by both entities.

The LOSD approved the MOU June 8.

After $7 million was allocated for the restoration or rebuilding of the district pool by voters — part of the 2017 approval of a $187 million LOSD capital investment bond — and the city passed a parks and recreation bond in 2019, the district and the city reached a partnership to build the pool on city property at the Lake Oswego Municipal Golf Course. The cost would be split between the two entities, totaling an estimated $30 million.

After the MOU was signed, both parties were given 180 days to work toward an IGA that will outline a number of items within that facility.

The facility would include a competitive swimming pool — a 25-yard stretch pool — a warm water recreation pool, dry activity and exercise rooms, classrooms for the Parks and Recreation Department, offices for the Parks and Recreation team members, a cardio weight room and a gym.

Last month, Parks and Rec sent out Requests for Proposals for architecture and engineering firms.

Ivan Anderholm, director of Parks and Rec, said the department received 13 proposals from firms around the United States and one from Japan.

“We interviewed the top three candidates based on five individual scores,” said Anderholm, adding that Scott Edwards Architecture stood out because of “their demonstrated ability to deliver projects on budget (and) understanding of the project — this specific project they were able to do an enormous amount of homework, as if they had been working on it for months.”

Anderholm said the firm showed an ability to work with multiple agencies in delivering complicated projects and has shown it can meaningfully engage the community in public outreach during the pandemic.

“We are working on the terms of the IGA that will set the ongoing relationship regarding decisions related to the design, construction and operation of the facility,” the staff report read. “We will be convening a small group of city staff, LOSD staff and Councilor [John] Wendland and Board Member [John] Wallin in late September to discuss the IGA.”

Councilor Theresa Kohlhoff said someone asked her what the community engagement process would be like moving forward.

Anderholm said Scott Edwards Architecture will bring in a public relations and community engagement firm. He said there will be many points where they will reach out to the public in various ways to receive their input throughout the process.

Councilor Skip O’Neill was concerned with the landscape cost that was presented by the architecture firm because he said they could hire a landscape architect and potentially do that portion for less.

Anderholm said they asked that question as well but have not received a complete answer.

“We are going to be looking at that,” Anderholm said.

“The design, engineering, permit and bidding process is anticipated to take 17 months, with construction commencing in February of 2022,” the staff report read. “During the project the project team and consultants will update the City Council and School Board at the end of schematic design, design development and construction document development.”

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Title: Lake Oswego City Council approves design contract for aquatics, rec center

Author: Clara Howell


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Date: September 3, 2020