City Council awards contract for parking deck at Civic Center – Orange County Register

The Lake Forest City Council will look to a next-door neighbor when it comes to the design and construction of the two-story parking structure that will accompany the Civic Center project.

At Tuesday night’s regular meeting, the City Council approved awarding a contract of $7.6 million to Lake Forest-based ARB Structures, Inc. for both the design and construction of the two-story structure that will sit on the north side of the project site at the end of what is now Indian Ocean Drive.

ARB Inc. has a regional headquarters located on the corner of Indian Ocean Drive at Commercentre Drive. A satellite office is located off Bake Parkway, just north of Commercentre Drive.

“We’re thrilled to be able to award the contract to our new hundred year home here in Lake Forest to a Lake Forest business,” Mayor Scott Voigts said. “Them being just down the street is going to be a point of honor for them. I think they’re going to do a wonderful and beautiful job.”

ARB’s proposal was selected over two other firms based on a scoring system that included the technical proposal, interview and fees. ARB may start the design of the project on May 23, according to a staff report.

ARB will design the project based on bridging documents from project architect Carrier Johnson, in which the parking structure will have 308 parking stalls – including 15 ADA spaces, 19 electric vehicle charging stations and 21 clean-air spaces – equipment capable of producing 200 kilowatts of electric power, an elevator of 3,500 pounds, three flights of stairs, a service and fire lane and a loading area.

The project is the largest capital improvement project to be worked on by a Lake Forest business in at least the last six years, said Keith Neves, deputy city manager and director of finance for the city. He couldn’t confirm whether it was the largest in the city’s history.

MORE MONEY FOR VILLAGE POND PARK RENOVATION

The City Council also approved increasing a contract to Aquabio Environmental Technologies, which is providing animal relocation services for the Village Pond Park project, by $21,717 with a unanimous vote, but not without some discussion.

The original contract to Aquabio was for $25,000, made on Oct. 25, 2016. City…

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