Council continues advancing fieldhouse plans

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Worthington City Hall. (Brian Korthals/Daily Globe)
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WORTHINGTON — The approval of a professional services agreement for phase one redesign and phase two design of the planned fieldhouse for a building on Worthington’s Second Avenue was among multiple administrative actions taken by the Worthington City Council Monday night.

Council members voted unanimously to accept a proposal from engineering firm Short Elliott Hendrickson for total fees of $133,500. Plans are to complete the phase one redesign for the fieldhouse by this fall, with phase two design completed this winter and construction to commence in the spring or summer of 2021.

“With the donation of $1 million from JBS' Hometown Strong Initiative, as well as the discontinuation of the collaborative W.E.L.L. project, the city has the opportunity to expand and enhance the fieldhouse project,” Worthington City Administrator Steve Robinson said. “The enhancement includes moving forward with the project in two phases and constructing an addition to the facility.”

Robinson said revisions to the phase one plans include reducing the restroom layout, removing the office and reception areas, incorporating an underfloor vapor mitigation system in the recreation area and modifying the mechanical and electrical design. The fee for that work is $28,500.

Phase two design includes design of the addition, civil/site plans and soil contaminant mitigation, Robinson said. The scope of work includes schematic design, design development, construction and bid documents, bidding assistance, permitting and construction administration.


The fee to perform this work is $105,000.

“The addition will locate ancillary spaces .... allowing more recreation space within the existing structure,” Robinson said. He added that phase two includes design and construction of final site development, which was left out of the earlier plan when it was included in the W.E.L.L. project.

The city’s fieldhouse and recreation center is being funded with local option sales tax revenue. It’s anticipated the facility will include an indoor soccer field, space for indoor and outdoor baseball and additional playground-type areas for families.

In a separate matter Monday, council members awarded a contract for grading, sanitary sewer, water main, storm sewer and street construction in the Glenwood Heights Second Addition to Kuechle Underground Inc. of Kimball. Its low bid of $1,755,905.55 is more than $132,000 below the engineer’s estimate.

A Water & Light/City Council Joint Housing Committee — composed of Worthington Public Utilities General Manager Scott Hain, two members of the city council and two members of WPU’s Water and Light Commission — reviewed the bids earlier in September, and the Water and Light Commission recommended moving forward on the project with its low bidder based on city council approval. Phase one will include 28 lots, with the entire concept to include 93 lots once fully developed. The 52.59-acre plot is directly west of the current Glenwood Heights neighborhood off Crailsheim Road.

Following approval of the Glenwood Heights Second Addition contract award, the council voted to accept an amended professional services agreement for the project with Bolton and Menk. They will coordinate the construction project and conduct daily site visits, review payments and complete a final inspection, as well as prepare record drawings. Work will be performed on an hourly basis, estimated to total $196,000. The total project engineering fee, including previous contracts totaling $181,650, shall not exceed $337,650.

In other business, the council:

  • Approved a traffic study for all eight street crossings between Centennial Park and Second Avenue. Bolton and Menk will complete the study of crossing locations and needs for a proposed fee of $8,000.

  • Authorized an agreement between the Worthington Police Department and Minnesota West Community and Technical College for Minnesota West to use the WPD Pistol Range for the next five school years (through 2025). The city has worked in partnership with the college law enforcement program since its inception, and Minnesota West has conducted training at the range while utilizing WPD personnel as adjunct instructors.

Ryan McGaughey arrived in Worthington in April 2001 as sports editor of The Daily Globe, and first joined Forum Communications Co. upon his hiring as a sports reporter at The Dickinson (North Dakota) Press in November 1998. McGaughey became news editor in Worthington in November 2002 and editor in August 2006.
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