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Architect picked for community center

The Excelsior Springs City Council voted unanimously Monday night to move forward on a contract with SFS Architecture, taking one more step toward making a new community center a reality.

The contract with SFS totals $93,710—$85,710 in a lump sum that will include phase one work ranging from study preparation and data gathering to a kick-off meeting with city staffers, followed by market analysis, a series of workshops and work periods, a community open house and culminating in the preparation of schematic designs, a business plan and final graphics to present to voters in advance of the April 2014 election where the public will be asked to support a sales tax for the construction and operation of a long-discussed new community center—plus $8,000 for various reimbursable expenses that are anticipated during the time the firm will be working.

SFS emerged last month as the best architect for the job. The city sent out a request for qualifications and received seven responses; of those seven, a seven-member subcommittee of the Community Center Steering Committee narrowed the total down to just four. Those four firms, in turn, were interviewed in late July and SFS was chosen as the architect best suited for the work Excelsior Springs wanted done.

The funds for the architect were approved by the Excelsior Springs Capital Improvement Authority last week, and according to City Manager David Haugland, SFS is ready to start on phase one to have materials ready for voters to see in advance of the April election.

For more on this story, see the print edition or e-edition of the Friday, Aug. 23, Standard.

By Eric Copeland •

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