City Of Daytona Expected To Decide On Architect For First Step Shelter

By on November 1, 2017 in WNDB News

Daytona Beach, FL – On Wednesday, the Daytona Beach City Commission is expected to approve an architect for the design of the new First Step Shelter (FSS), the  24-hour, full-service homeless shelter that was approved for the area off of International Speedway, west of I-95.

Two architectural designers have submitted their plans for the design of FSS to the City. Those designers are Hall & Ogle Architects and architect William Chapin. The existing professional services contract is with Hall & Ogle in the amount of $181,743 for the shelter’s design. The City is expected to vote at its Wednesday night meeting whether or not to approve a work authorization for the contract with Hall & Ogle or to go with the design plan from William Chapin.

The design plan from Hall & Ogle uses more traditional roofing, and the construction costs are estimated between $1.98 million and $2.7 million for the first phase of construction. It would cost an additional $741,510 to expand from the first phase to maximum occupancy. The construction of the design is anticipated to take nine months, and the life expectancy of the construction concept is approximately 50-75 years, according to City records.

William Chapin’s design uses a tensile fabric roofing concept that has a life expectancy of 10-20 years and would require more maintenance. The Chapin design would only take about three to six months to construct, and construction for the first phase would cost an estimated $880,000, and then $1.3 million to expand to maximum occupancy, according to City reports. The Chapin concept is a more temporary design solution.

Both architectural plans have been reviewed by a third-party, Bentley Architects & Engineers, and Bentley recommends that the City go with Hall & Ogle for the design of FSS. Bentley recommends Hall & Ogle due to the durability and life expectancy of the plan. The Hall & Ogle plan also allows for the homeless shelter to be used as a hurricane shelter.

Another item on the City Commission’s agenda is the approval of a measure that would let the City spend up to $40,000 for additional contract services related to Hurricane Matthew cleanup. The City awarded a continuing services contract to Thompson Consulting Services (TCS) in July of this year for debris monitoring and other services related to Hurricane Matthew. The Federal Emergency Management Agency and the State reimburse the City for a portion of these costs.

Copyright Southern Stone Communications 2017.

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