• City Evaluating Bids from Three Contractors for Upgrade to City Hall

    The San Marino City Council voted last night to accept one of three bids for a significant renovation to City Hall.

    Three companies placed bids on the project: Caltec Corporation of Westminster, who entered a price of $496,000; BBS Construction of West Covina, who came in at $559,000; and Mallcraft, high bidder at $622,000. The council was expected to approve one of the contractors after The Tribune’s deadline.

    When completed, the renovation will include upgrades to the building’s electrical, plumbing and lighting systems as well as changes to restrooms and other ADA – Americans with Disabilities Act – improvements.

    Former City Manager Matt Ballantyne proposed the project more than two years ago, citing the facility’s “challenges when it came to serving the needs of residents and contractors,” according to Vice Mayor Dennis Kneier. “It looked tired.”

    “The main change you will see is the work flow will now mostly take place downstairs,” Kneier said. “Most of the changes upstairs will be cosmetic.”

    Council Chambers will remain mostly intact, but the dais and seating configuration will be adjusted slightly and a much-needed improvement to the room’s audio-visual capabilities will be implemented. Two years ago, the council discussed turning the historic chamber into offices and relocating meetings of the City Council, Planning Commission and Design Review Committee to the Crowell Public library, but the idea never got legs.

    “We are spending a relatively small amount of money, but it just wasn’t working well,” said Kneier.

    The hadiacapped entrance leading into the building will be reconfigured to the north side of City Hall and will pass by the new Centennial Fountain.

    The interior will be reoriented “to make City Hall more efficient,” said Senior Planner Aldo Cervantes, who helped collect and evaluate the bids. “Most of the significant work will be downstairs. The upstairs will receive ceiling, wall and electrical upgrades.’

    Kneier said the project should be completed well within the council’s financial estimates.

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