Clipped From Chicago Tribune
Naperville OKs design contract Facade raises estimate for City Hall to $14.2 million By Flynn McRoberts The Naperville City Council has approved a design contract for its new City Hall that includes a preliminary construction cost estimate that is nearly $1 million more than the original estimate. The contract, submitted by Fujikawa, Johnson & Associates Inc., of Chicago, sets the price of building a new Municipal Center and two-level parking garage at $14.2 million, about $1 million more than the figure Fujikawa estimated when it first bid on the project last November. About $684,000 of the added cost results from the council's decision to use a granite facade for the building rather than a less expensive metai-and-glass cover, according to Doug Johnson, Fujikawa project manager. The remainder of the additional cost is due to an increase in the amount of space to 93,000 square feet from a November estimate of 88,500 square feet. "We even told them in November that we would probably need more space than that to make it a decent municipal building," Johnson said Charlie Pajor, Naperville's community relations coordinator, defended the council's decision to go with the more expensive materials. "They just felt that, considering they were building a building that would be representative of the community ... a granite-covered building would look better and wear better and would also have lower maintenance costs for the exterior." The council approved the $1 million design contract with Fujikawa, which it selected from six Chicago-area architects in February, on a 6-1 vote Monday, with Councilman Toby Hayer dissenting. The cost of the design contract is in addition to the cost of the project's construction. On Tuesday, Hayer repeated her opposition to the project's location, a 4.4-acre site across the Du Page River from the present City Hall, which officials say is crowded. The new building will displace five homeowners, to whom the city has agreed to pay about $1 million as compensation. "I don't think the site is adequate in terms of size for the future," Hayer said. "They want the City Hall there, and they will spend whatever it takes." Fujikawa will submit final cost estimates for the project by the end of December, Johnson said, before the city begins taking bids for the construction of the building and 400-space garage. The council's action Monday formally approved a decision it had made at a workshop last month. The council also approved a $6 million construction contract to build a service center for the electric department. Marino Construction Co., of Oak Creek, Wis., the low bidder among six, won the contract for the building at Aurora Avenue and River Road. The new police station is being built there, too. Construction of the service center is to begin within a month and should be finished by the fall of 1989, Pajor said.