Construction Is Underway on the New O'Fallon Park Recreation Complex
Construction has begun on the new O'Fallon Park Recreation Complex in North St. Louis City. The two-story, 79,000 square foot O'Fallon complex is on 13 acres of land in O'Fallon Park near West Florissant Street and I-70, and is expected to be completed at the end of 2012. The project is estimated to cost approximately $23 million.
The O'Fallon Park Recreation Complex is a sister facility to the $21 million southside Recreation Complex located in Carondelet Park in South St. Louis City. These are the first recreation centers built in the City since 1971.
The new complex will feature an aquatic center including an indoor splash pool with a triple loop slide, a motion pool, children's pools, sauna, steam room and spa, plus an outdoor lap pool. Other amenities of the recreation complex include a gymnasium, indoor track and fitness center, locker rooms, a community center, multipurpose rooms and a lobby.
The City of St. Louis wanted a new community recreation center on the City's North Side to serve as a youth and elderly outreach facility, encouraging all ages to be engaged in the community. St. Louis City officials determined that there was significant interest in the North St. Louis area to support this new facility. The project is being funded by a one-eighth-cent sales tax approved by city voters in 2008.
The O'Fallon Park Recreation Complex is designed to achieve a Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED®) Silver certification for environmental design and sustainability. "This new project shows the City's commitment to improving the quality of life in North St. Louis," says St. Louis Mayor Francis Slay. "This building will be an amenity for nearby neighborhoods and will provide a fun, safe place for children, adults and seniors to go after school and on weekends. It will help make the community healthier, and will help make our northside neighborhoods better places to live and work. The positive impact of this investment will be enjoyed by the community for years to come."
The O'Fallon Park Recreation Complex is being made possible through the support of St. Louis Mayor Francis Slay, Comptroller Darlene Green, President of the Board of Aldermen Lewis Reed, Alderman Antonio French, the St. Louis Board of Aldermen and the members of the Black Aldermanic Caucus.
A team of highly qualified, St. Louis-based companies has been selected by the St. Louis Board of Public Service to plan, design and build this state-of-the-art recreation facility.
- KAI Design & Build is the project architect and MEP engineer;
- Jacobs is the structural and civil engineer. and
- S. M. Wilson & Co. is the general construction contractor.
In addition, the City has retained Kwame Building Group to assist the St. Louis Board of Public Service in managing all aspects of the project.
Following is brief information about these companies.
- KAI Design & Build is a leader in providing design and build integrated project delivery solutions through collaboration, technology, processes and expertise. Since its inception in 1980, KAI has been instrumental in reshaping the St. Louis urban environment through housing, K-12 schools, transit facilities, collegiate facilities, commercial facilities, sports and recreation facilities, government/justice facilities and healthcare buildings. www.kai-db.com
- Jacobs is one of the world's largest and most diverse providers of technical, professional, and construction services. It offers full-spectrum support to industrial, commercial, and government clients across multiple markets. Services include scientific and specialty consulting as well as all aspects of engineering and construction, and operations and maintenance. www.jacobs.com
- Kwame Building Group is one of the nation's preeminent providers of pure construction management services. Kwame dedicates one hundred percent of its resources to ensuring each client receives a high quality project, delivered on time and within the established budget. www.kwamebuildinggroup.com
- S. M. Wilson & Co. is a full-service construction management, design/build and general contracting firm with headquarters in St. Louis. It is one of the largest general construction and construction management firms in the St. Louis area, and was named a '2006 Business of the Year' by St. Louis Mayor Francis Slay.
Founded in 1921, the company has built a reputation for high quality of work and outstanding financial and general project management expertise. www.smwilson.com
For project and media information contact:
Kara Bowlin 314-622-3479
What to Expect
One of the main priorities for the O'Fallon Park Recreation Complex team is to ensure that the community continues to stay informed and involved in the project. To do that, the team has established several different methods for the community to stay connected to the project and discover what is happening.
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
Q. How was the project's diversity program developed?
A. The St. Louis Board of Aldermen passed Board Bill 75 to establish diversity program goals for all City-funded construction projects. The City also worked with the St. Louis Agency for Training and Employment to establish Contracting and Work Force Diversity Goals, as well as the parameters for reporting, measurement and attainment of those goals.
Q. Who is accountable for measuring and reporting the diversity program participation to the City, and what information is reported?
A. The general contractor (S. M. Wilson) reports all M/WBE contracts awarded on a regular basis. S. M. Wilson also designated a Compliance Manager who is responsible for compiling and reporting at least every two weeks on the following data:
- Total work hours for the project worked by all employees of the Contractor and all subcontractors on-site;
- Labor hours worked by apprentices and journeymen employed by the Contractor and any subcontractor on-site. This number will be broken down to differentiate between hours worked by minority males, non-minority males, minority females and non-minority females.
- Labor hours worked by City residents who were employed by the Contractor or subcontractors on-site.
Q. Has the project been affected by a contract change order regarding increased levels of minority involvement?
A. The project is moving forward on schedule, and the project's estimated cost and budget has been increased by the city to accommodate the hiring of more minority subcontractors.
Q. Why aren't there more women and minorities at the work site today?
A. The project itself is built in phases, and not all subcontractors and employees work on every phase of the project. Therefore, the MBE, WBE and Work Force Diversity participation rates cannot be measured simply by visiting the job site on a given day and evaluating the work force or subcontractors that are present.
Q. When will the project be completed?
A. It is scheduled to open by the end of 2011.
Q. Who is going to operate the Center?
A. The City will contract with a private company to operate and manage the facility.
Q. Will there be jobs available at the Center for residents?
A. That information will be available once the company is selected to operate the Center.
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St. Louis, Missouri 63110
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