City Construction Projects
The following are some of the projects the City of Deer Park has undertaken:
Parks and Recreation Department
Type B Dedicated Sales Tax Projects
- Maxwell Adult Center
- Girls Softball Complex
- Dow Park Pavilion
- Deer Park Soccer Complex
- Spencerview Athletic Complex (with the exception of pedestrian bridge)
- Plans for the Spencerview Bridge, a bridge to connect the Spencerview Athletic Complex (Durant Fields) to the adjoining property donated to the City of Deer Park for the development of additional parking and a park/playground area have been completed. CobbFendley & Associates provided the design, studied the floodplain requirement, and submitted the plans for approval by the Harris County Flood Control District (HCFCD). The HCFCD recently requested additional information from the City of Deer Park. Therefore, City staff is preparing a response for HCFCD before the beginning of March. Once HCFCD has approved the plans, the City of Deer Park will begin the process for bidding and construction.
- Community Recreation Center and Aquatic Study – Subsequent to the Type B election, the City engaged a team of professionals (engineers, architects, and an accessibility consultant) to tour the Community Center facility and conduct a Building Observations Survey. Some of the key conclusions/considerations contained in the Building Observations Survey report were: 1) It would be very expensive to make permanent repairs to the structure; 2) The City should consider replacement versus repair of the Community Center, and 3) The cost and consequences of disruption of services should also be considered. The conclusion of the architects/engineers that studied the facility was that permanent repairs would be very expensive, so much so that they believed that the City should seriously consider replacement versus repair of the Community Center. Beginning on July 23, 2018, the City Council, the Deer Park Community Development Corporation and the Parks and Recreation Commission conducted a total of eight joint meetings to discuss the Community Center project. The complexities and challenges associated with renovating and expanding the Community Center and Gym to include an indoor pool were discussed at length. As the project was studied further, it became apparent that the cost of the renovations and structural repairs to the existing facilities, let alone adding an indoor therapy pool, would well exceeded $6 million. Ultimately, the consensus was that the best option was to ask the Deer Park voters if they would like to conduct a new Type B sales tax and use tax election to authorize additional Type B purposes including the new Community/Recreation Center. The election was scheduled and then cancelled in 2020 due to COVID-19 pandemic concerns. It is now anticipated that the election will be called for the May 1, 2021 Uniform Election Date.
- Hike and Bike Trails, Phase 1 - On February 5, 2019, City Council approved a contract with Burditt Consultants, LLC for professional services in the development of the comprehensive hike and bike trail system. Burditt Consultants is working on project design and management, as well as other services as required by the scope of work for site feasibility and trail master plan implementation. Anticipated cost for this project is $500,000. The committee, consisting of members from City Council, the Deer Park Community Development Corporation, Parks and Recreation Commission, and City staff, selected Phase 1 as a 1.04 mile Tributary B to Willowspring Creek. The contract for construction design services with Burditt Consultants, LLC for Phase 1 was approved by the Community Development Corporation on October 28, 2019 and by City Council on November 5, 2019. The project is in the design phase with Midtown Engineers, LLC, an independent traffic engineering firm, developing crosswalk safety specifications to include in the construction plans. On December 15, 2020, City Council approved entering into an agreement with CenterPoint Energy regarding trail access in the easement, which affects approximately 145 feet of the trail. City staff plans to request authorization from City Council to solicit construction bids early this spring. Construction is expected to begin by this summer and the duration of construction is estimated to be 120 days.
Other Parks and Recreation Projects
- The Parks and Recreation Department is in the process of replacing 4 of the 8 pedestrian bridges in Dow Park with new 8' x 23' bridges. The New Dow Park Bridges are in production. The first 2 are expected to be completed and installed in early 2021, while the other 2 are slated for mid-2021. The overall plan is to replace a at least 2 bridges every fiscal year until all of the bridges in Dow Park have been replaced. The estimated cost for every 2 bridges is $79,154.83, which includes materials, freight, and installation.
- The Dow Park Concession and Storage Building was in poor condition due to normal wear and tear. It was demolished by JTB Services, Inc. in September 2019. Carnes Engineering designed the new 30' x 40' structure. The project is being funded by General Funds. The project was awarded to W&R Construction Company, LLC on October 20, 2020 in the amount of $181,500. Construction began on December 22, 2020 and is expected to be completed by the end of April 2021.
- One of the exterior columns in the Front Entry at the Court and Theater Building was damaged. After further evaluation, a structural engineer determined that deterioration damaged the structural integrity of the columns so the decision was made to remove the columns completely. The City hired Frost Construction at a cost of $51,000 to remove the columns. The drainage issue is being addressed by diverting water away from the facility. The scope of the project was revised to include installation of new glass doors. Options for a canopy to be added to the building's entrance was also considered for aesthetic purposes, but was ultimately decided against.
- New Outdoor Electronic Message Centers for the Jimmy Burke Activity Center and the Deer Park Soccer Complex were completed and installed in November and December 2020, respectively. The cost for the sign at the Jimmy Burke Activity Center was $55,000, while the cost for the sign at the Deer Park Soccer Complex was $25,000. Starting this spring, the new electronic signs will be used to provide the general public with program information and emergency notifications.
- The City of Deer Park received a grant from the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department for the future Northeast Hike and Bike Trail. RVi Planning was selected as the landscape architecture firm to develop the design and layout of the trail. According to the preliminary conceptual design, the trail will begin at Park Green Park and extend south to Runningbrook Park, offering several trail and path connections along the way. Construction plans will include a crosswalk for pedestrian safety. Construction is anticipated to begin in mid-2021.
Public Works Department
Additional Repair - Pasadena Blvd. & Downing Circle, Started: October 2020, Completed: March 2021, Cost: $1,124,887.46 - Additional damage was discovered during the emergency repair of the waterline and storm pipe at Downing Circle and Pasadena Blvd. in September 2020. A different type of repair than the original emergency was needed to permanently fix the additional damage uncovered, including ground water penetration and quick sand. Repairs for this project involved pipe-bursting a 24" sanitary line and a 36" storm line, as well as approximately 6,000 linear feet of 6" sanitary pipe in the Erin Glen Subdivision and the rehabilitation of the manholes. Services were purchased from Vaught Services, LLC (A Vortex Company) in the amount of $1,124,887.46 through the TIPS Cooperative Purchasing Program. The project was funded with CIP Water and Sewer funds ($970,887.46) and drainage bonds ($154,000). The repair at Pasadena Blvd. and Downing Circle, as well as the repairs in the Erin Glen Subdivision and the rehabilitation of the manholes, have been completed.
2020 Sidewalk Improvement Project, Started: December 2020, Completed: March 2021, Cost: $245,588 - The 2020 Sidewalk Improvement Project involves installing new sidewalk and wheelchair ramps in various areas around town that currently do not have any, as well as replacing a few in poor condition. New sidewalk on East Blvd. from H-E-B to Heritage Elementary School, from Green Valley Drive alongside the park, a portion from the intersection at East X St., a portion from the intersection of E. 13th, as well as on Pasadena Blvd. from Texas Ave. to McDermott Street, and on Pasadena Blvd. alongside the Deer Park Adult Softball Field. Multiple sidewalk repairs were made, including on E. San Augustine near the Deer Park Post Office. In addition to repairs, handicap ramps were installed on Georgia Ave. from San Augustine to Pasadena Blvd., as well as in front of Bonnette Junior High, Deer Park Elementary, on E. San Augustine and Peyton Place, Juanita Lane, Lawrence Lane, Fay Court, and Center Street. The project was awarded to Teamwork Construction Services, Inc. on July 21, 2020 in the amount of $245,588. Previously, $300,000 was budgeted in the Capital Improvement Fund for this project so additional areas were considered to use the remaining allotted amount. Teamwork Construction started in December 2020 and completed the project in March 2021.
Coy Street Elevated Water Storage Tank Rehabilitation, Started: November 2020, Anticipated Completion: May/June 2021, Cost: $419,000 - This project is for the rehabilitation of the interior and exterior of the 500,000 gallon elevated water storage tank. It is being funded out of the Series 2019 Certificates of Obligation. Dunham Engineering was hired to prepare the engineering design work for the rehabilitation of the tank and perform the inspections on the tank at a cost of $85,000. On August 4, 2020, DSP Industrial was awarded the project at a cost of $419,000. Construction started in November 2020. Initially, the project was expected to be completed by this March. However, due to weather complications and other minor issues, progress slowed down. The project is now expected to be completed in May/June 2021.
SWTP Solids Handling Improvements, Started: September 2020, Anticipated Completion: January 2022, Cost: $4,453,685 - The Ardurra Group was hired to prepare the design, specifications, and engineering plans for solids handling improvements at the Surface Water Treatment Plant (SWTP). The improvements involve the construction of several new facilities at the SWTP, including a sludge thickener behind the existing holding basin. Changes to the holding basin will allow the sludge to be thickened and caught prior to going into the lagoons. Thus, enabling the plant to reuse some of the water it loses through backwashing and desludging the clarifiers. The project will be funded with $4.5 million out of the Water and Sewer Certificates of Obligation. The project was awarded to CSA Construction in the amount of $4,453,685. Construction started in September 2020 and is expected to be completed in 480 days - January 2022.
2021 Waterline Rehab, Started: March 2021, Anticipated Completion: Early Summer 2021, Cost: $599,880.09 - The project consists of rehabilitating waterlines using the pre-chlorinated pipe bursting method, which includes 2,000 linear feet of 8” pipe replacement on Center St., and W. 3rd St., 2,000 linear feet on Kitty Lane, and 1,100 linear feet of new waterline connecting Jefferson St. to Center St. The improvements enable the system to achieve better water quality for our residents. Services for this project were purchased from SKE, Inc. through the BuyBoard Cooperative Purchasing Program in the amount of $599,880.09.Construction began in March 2021 and is anticipated to be completed early this summer.
2021 Concrete Maintenance Contract, Cost: $398,616.24 - The project consists of repairing or replacing concrete pavement, sidewalks, curbs, and gutters. This is a work order based program, which will be used for emergency and maintenance issues. Services for this project were purchased from SKE, Inc. through the BuyBoard Cooperative Purchasing Program in the amount $398,616.24, which is budgeted in the Streets fund for Fiscal Year 2020-2021.
Hurricane Harvey, Storm Drainage Projects, Started: June 2018, Anticipated Completion: Undetermined, Engineering Services Cost: $504,290 - CobbFendley was hired to perform engineering services to develop ways to alleviate flooding associated with the 2017 Hurricane Harvey rain event. In June 2018, the initial agreement focused engineering design services on Heritage Addition and Deer Meadows Subdivisions. Deer Park Manor and Delo-Elaine Subdivisions were added in February 2019. In June 2019, the agreement was amended to also include an analysis of historical repetitive flooded areas in the city. CobbFendly reported the findings of their study to City Council on November 19, 2019. The proposed locations are in different phases of the study.
- Heritage Addition, Deer Park Manor and Delo-Elaine Subdivisions:
- Heritage Addition - The construction plans were completed. The project was awarded to Mar-Con Services, LLC in the amount of $1.989 million. Construction began in August 2020. The project is on schedule and estimated to be completed by June 2021. The City of Deer Park entered into an interlocal agreement with Harris County Flood Control District to fund this project. The City of Deer Park was awarded $2,047,461 by Harris County for a partnership project for storm sewer improvements and a detention basin within the city in Armand Bayou Watershed - Precinct 2. New storm sewer and inlets, as well as a new roadway on Lincoln Street are almost finished, with only a few minor touch ups remaining. The detention pond on Lambuth Street is currently being dug out.
- Deer Park Manor and Delo-Elaine - Construction plans include new storm sewer and outfall on Kitty Street, channel and outfall on Luella Ave., and new detention pond on Pasadena Blvd. Construction cost is estimated to be $1.3 million. City staff solicited for bids on March 25, 2021. The project was awarded to the lowest bidder, Mar-Con Services, with a base unit bid of $1,618,446.73. Construction is anticipated to begin by June and completed in 180 days. The City of Deer Park entered into an Interlocal Agreement with Harris County Flood Control District to fund this project. The City of Deer Park was awarded $1,005,985 by Harris County to provide storm sewer improvements and a detention basin within the city in Armand Bayou Watershed – Precinct 2.
- College Park - Construction plans are not in development yet. Options being considered estimate cost to be $5.3 million to $5.9 million for pavement and drainage items, not including land acquisition, engineering, design, inspection or testing costs. Budget amendment approved for ½ the cost of their partnership agreement with Harris County for construction and engineering design. An application was submitted for partial agreement.
- Deer Park Gardens: The project is anticipated to be divided into approximately 8 phases, with Phase I being Norwood and E. 8th Streets. The design is complete and construction plans include new storm sewer and inlets on Norwood, and a new storm sewer on E. 8th St. Engineering and construction cost estimates for this phase are $500,000. Additional survey work and analysis from CobbFendley is expected by June to complete construction plans. City staff plans to solicit for bids in June 2021. Construction is anticipated to begin in July and completed in September 2021. Budget amendment was approved for ½ the cost of their partnership agreement with Harris County for Phase 1 and construction.
- Boggy Bayou Watershed: CobbFendley presented results for their engineering analysis to City Council on November 3, 2020. Recommendations made as a result of the engineering analysis are being further investigated for feasibility, efficiency, and potential funding capabilities.
- Heritage Addition, Deer Park Manor and Delo-Elaine Subdivisions: