City Construction Projects
The following are some of the projects the City of Deer Park has undertaken:
- Rehabilitation of the P Street Ground Storage Water Tank - This project is for the rehabilitation of the interior and exterior of the storage tank. It is being funded out of the 2017-A Certificates of Obligation. Dunham Engineering was hired to perform the engineering design work for the rehabilitation of the tank at a cost of $65,000. City Council awarded the project to MK Painting in the amount of $339,000 in December 2018. The project was delayed due to rainy weather. Construction began in April 2019. The project is expected to be completed in 120 days.
- 2018 Lane Striping Project - City Council has approved an annual lane striping program. The 2018 Lane Striping Project includes portions of Georgia Ave., San Augustine St., 13th Street, and East Blvd. The intersections and crosswalks on these streets, as well as the major intersections along Center St. and Luella Ave., will also be a part of this project. The project will be funded out of the General Fund and is expected to begin in May. Lane striping requires warmer weather for better adhesion.
- Waste Water Treatment Plant Improvement Project - This project is identified in the 10-year Water and Sewer Capital Improvement Plan. The project was split into two phases and is being funded with Certificates of Obligation. Phase I of the project was awarded to CSA Construction and was completed in February 2017 at a cost of $4,998,654. In June 2017, Phase II of the project was awarded to LEM Construction in the amount of $13,636,685. Anticipated completion for Phase II is August 2019.
- Street Replacement Project - The City of Deer Park received $7.5 million from the sale of Series 2015 Certificates of Obligation for the Street Replacement Project and the construction of the new Animal Shelter. A portion of the funds, along with $1,633,813 allocated in the Capital Improvement Fund (FY 2017-2018), funds the Street Replacement Project. The streets affected are West 9th Street from Boston Avenue to Center Street and West 12th Street from the dead end to Center Street, Arbor Drive, Baron Lane, Cork Lane, Dahlia Lane, Ember Lane, Fleet Lane, Glacier Lane, Hastings Lane, Iris Lane, Justin Lane, Kelvin Lane, Amherst Lane, and Brown Lane. This project has been awarded to D&W Contractors in the amount of $5.1 million. Construction began in May 2018 and is anticipated to continue for 450 days. Construction on 9th Street and 12th Street is complete. Ridgeway Subdivision, which encompasses Arbor Drive, Baron Lane, Cork Lane, Dahlia Lane, Ember Lane, Fleet Lane, Glacier Lane, Hastings Lane, Iris Lane, Justin Lane, and Kelvin Lane, is approximately 80% complete, while construction on Amherst Lane and Brown Lane is about 70% complete with an expected completion date in late summer of 2019.
- Sanitary Sewer Pipe-Bursting of 18-inch Force Main (Phases 1 & 2) - On March 19, 2019, City Council approved purchasing services from Vaught Services, Inc. through the TIPS Cooperative Purchasing Program to perform phase 1 of this project. This project consists of pipe-bursting 3,300 linear feet of 18-inch sanitary sewer force main (main sewer line for the city’s largest lift station) that runs from the South Plant Lift Station to the Waste Water Treatment Plant. The existing force main is in bad condition and has had many line failures over the years. This project will be divided into phases in order to maintain service for our residents. Phases that include using ultraviolet (UV) liner technology for sections that run through backyard easements will be awarded under a different contract. This project is part of the Sanitary Sewer Overflow (SSO) initiative to rehabilitate sewer lines in areas/subdivisions with overflow issues and severely deteriorated pipe. The total cost for this project is $1,398,595.80. On April 2, 2019, City Council approved Phase 2, which consists of lining the 18-inch sanitary sewer force main with a UV Liner. Services will be purchased from Fuquay, Inc. through the BuyBoard Cooperative Purchasing Program. The total cost for this project is $657,225. Phase 1 and 2 of the project will occur concurrently. Both projects are expected to begin in late May or early June 2019 and will be funded with water/sewer bond funds.
- 2019 Sanitary Sewer Rehab Project, Park Meadows Subdivision, Sections 1-4 - This project consists of pipe-bursting 23,680 linear feet of sanitary sewer pipe and manhole rehabilitation in the Park Meadows Subdivision, Sections 1-4. The existing sanitary pipe is made of clay and its poor condition is causing line failures and sewer overflows. The project is part of the SSO initiative to rehabilitate sewer lines in areas/subdivisions with overflow issues and severely deteriorated pipe. Services will be purchased from Vaught Services, Inc. through the TIPS Cooperative Purchasing Program. Total cost for this project is $1,957,242.05. The project will be funded with water/sewer bond funds. The project started in late March 2019 and is expected to take 1 year to complete.
- Sanitary Sewer Manhole Rehabilitation - Phases 1, 2, and 3 of the citywide manhole rehabilitation project have been completed. Phase 4 is expected to begin this summer. A total of 62 manholes have been identified for rehabilitation during this phase. Inspections and evaluations are performed to identify the sanitary manholes that are in need of repair and require rehabilitation using an epoxy liner system. The epoxy liner system prevents additional damage by sewer gases and manhole failure, prolonging the life of the system. Services were purchased from Fuquay, Inc. through BuyBoard to perform the work. The project will be funded with water/sewer bond funds. Cost has not been determined yet.
- Storm Water, Hurricane Harvey, 2018 Drainage Projects (CDBG) - On December 19, 2017, City staff updated City Council on Hurricane Harvey damage and recovery, including an update on community flooding issues and a debris map showing the areas of town with heavy debris pickup, which is indicative of flood damaged homes. The 6 areas receiving the heaviest damage were highlighted. On February 9, 2018, City staff requested Statements of Qualifications (SOQs) from engineering firms for design services regarding the drainage projects in Deer Park. On March 20, 2018, SOQs were received from RPS Engineering (formerly Klotz), LJA Engineering, and Cobb Fendley Engineering. City staff and the Architectural and Engineering (A&E) Committee consisting of Mayor Jerry Mouton and Council Members Thane Harrison and Ron Martin reviewed the SOQs and ranked them independently. The 3 firms were invited for an interview with the A&E Committee on April 4, 2018 to discuss their experience on drainage projects of similar size and complexity. Cobb Fendley Engineering was selected as the best option. In mid-April, City Council authorized City staff to negotiate a professional services contract with Cobb Fendley Engineering for drainage analyses on the 6 areas identified as the most heavily damaged by Hurricane Harvey. Under this contract, the consultant is to focus on engineering efforts for the top 2 of the 6 areas, Heritage Addition and Deer Meadows Subdivisions. The cost to perform the analysis and provide a drainage report for these 2 subdivisions is $60,230.
Parks & Recreation
Type B Projects - The 7 projects below were included in the May 2015 Type B dedicated sales tax election that was approved by the Deer Park voters.
- Spencerview Athletic Complex (Durant Fields) - The City of Deer Park entered into a contract with T. F. Harper as the general contractor and Halff Associates as the architect. The project was funded with $2 million from Type B sales tax. The project consisted of new ballfields, lights, parking, concession area, and more. The project began in June 2016 and the dedication was held on Aug. 1, 2017 after the completion of the project.
- Girls Softball Complex - This project is funded by $3 million from Type B sales tax. The City selected Tandem Services as the general contractor and Halff Associates as the architect for this project. Construction began in January 2018. The complex has been renovated to include 4 lighted ballfields, 2 practice fields, batting cages, maintenance facility, additional parking, and a new concession and restroom facility. The project will be completed in May of 2019 with the exception of turf establishment. One of the first tournaments to be hosted at the renovated complex will be the Pony International Girls Softball World Series in July 2019.
- New Soccer Complex - The project is being funded with $4 million from Type B sales tax. The City of Deer Park selected Halff Associates as the architect and Tandem Services as the general contractor. Construction began in January 2018. The new complex includes 4 new lighted soccer fields, 2 practice soccer fields, a parking lot, shade canopy, drainage, and a concession and restroom facility. The project is nearing completion with the exception of turf establishment. The Soccer Complex is scheduled to open for league play in August 2019.
- Community Center – A building assessment of the Deer Park Community Center and Gym was conducted by an architectural firm. The engineers have concluded that, due to structural concerns, permanent repairs to the community center structure would necessarily be highly invasive, cause significant disruption to the use of the building, and lack 100% certainty. Renovations to the building would also be very expensive, so much so that replacement versus repair of the community center should be considered. Four joint workshops with City Council, the Deer Park Community Development Corporation (DPDCD), and the Parks and Recreation Commission, as well as the architect, have been conducted to review and discuss the possibility of constructing a new community center rather than attempting to renovate the existing facility. Brinkley Sargent Wiginton Architects was engaged to assist the city in developing a feasibility plan and cost estimates for a new facility. City staff visited approximately 8 to 10 recreational facilities in December 2018/January 2019 and collected data that included programming ideas, costs, square footage, and operations information.
- Hike and Bike Trails – On January 28, 2019, the DPCDC approved the recommendation to request approval from City Council to authorize an agreement with Burditt Consultants, LLC to prepare for the development of hike and bike trails with a site feasibility study and implementation plan with cost estimates, phasing strategy, and schematic design of trail alignments. At the City Council meeting on February 5, 2019, City Council approved hiring the firm to develop the site feasibility plan and implementation plan. Burditt Consultants, LLC has been contracted to administer architectural services for this project. A committee consisting of representatives from City Council, the Parks and Recreation Commission Community Development Corporation, and City staff has been appointed. The first meeting was conducted in April of 2019.
- Dow Park Pavilion Project - The City of Deer Park entered into a contract with Halff Associates as the architect and South Pool and Spa as the general contractor. The City terminated the contract with the previous general contractor and awarded a contract for the completion of the project to Millis Development and Construction, LLC. The project was funded with $1.5 million from Type B sales tax. The new restroom buildings and pavilion structures were installed. The project was completed in September 2018 and a grand opening/ribbon cutting ceremony was held on September 27, 2018.
- Maxwell Adult Center - The project was funded with $2 million from Type B sales tax. The City of Deer Park selected Halff Associates as the architect and Frost Construction as the general contractor for the project. Construction began in November of 2017. The project has been completed. The Maxwell Center held a dedication/ribbon cutting ceremony on January 15, 2019 at 5 p.m.
Other Parks & Recreation Project Updates
- Wayfinding Program - A comprehensive wayfinding program was developed to educate and direct visitors to Deer Park, as well as engage those that are unaware of what the city has to offer. The Deer Park Civic Wayfinding System is intended to celebrate the history and vibrancy of the area, while giving special attention to the parks, recreation, and open spaces of Deer Park. The city’s approach was to implement the wayfinding system in phases over a period of several fiscal years. The wayfinding signs are classified as primary vehicular signs, secondary vehicular signs, tertiary vehicular signs, and monument signs (located in front of a park or city building). National Sign Plazas is the contractor approved to complete the initial phase of the project. This project is being funded out of hotel occupancy tax (HOT) revenues. Phase 1 included installing 15 wayfinding signs and 4 monument signs. City staff is working diligently with National Sign Plazas to complete this phase and move into phase 2. A committee is working on sign locations and soon the community will see more signs throughout Deer Park to assist residents and visitors/tourists navigate around town. Phase 2 is expected to begin in late 2019.
- Deer Park Nature Preserve - Phase 1 was part of a voter approved General Obligation Bond program. $500,000 is allocated in bond funding for this project. The City of Deer Park applied for and received a Texas Parks and Wildlife Grant in the maximum amount of $400,000 of which the city will match an equal amount. The project will consist of a parking area, decomposed granite trails, a gateway structure, as well as solar lighting along the walking trails. RVI is the project architect. The City of Deer Park awarded construction of the project to Millis Development and Construction, LLC. There will be a separate contract for the restoration of the wetland area (conservation easement) under guidance from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. A conceptual plan envisions Phases 2 and 3, which include an education center, outdoor learning areas, and more, pending future funding availability. Phase 1 of the Deer Park Nature Preserve has been completed. Currently, the Parks and Recreation Department is maintaining the nature preserve and working on drainage issues, which are being resolved with the assistance of the Public Works Department. In addition, a contract for the wetlands mitigation project has been awarded. The wetlands mitigation work will include the removal of invasive Chinese tallow trees beginning in May.
- Dow Park Pool Slides – The Dow Park Pool has 2 new slides. The 96" fiberglass family slide allows for parents and children to enjoy the experience together. The other slide is a fiberglass 36” open flume body slide that takes you for a swirling good time. You'll be thrilled to cool off this summer with these new amenities!
- New Playground Equipment – New playground equipment has been added to Parkview Park at 109 Brookhollow Drive and Big Bend Park at 1600 Big Bend Lane. A ribbon cutting ceremony was held for Parkview Park on April 16, 2019. A ceremony for Big Bend Park is anticipated in May 2019. Come enjoy the outdoors at these neighborhood parks.
- Northeast Hike and Bike Trail Project – This project is being funded with a grant from the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department and federal pass-through funds. RVI has been hired for architectural services needed to complete a section of the trail. This section of the trail will stretch south from Park Green Park towards the Deer Park Nature Preserve, Wynfield Park, and Runningbrook Park, connecting these areas on the northeast side of the city. Construction is anticipated to begin in the 4th quarter of 2019.