Negotiations Underway for Rosemead Project Architect and Engineer

Ad hoc committee recently interviewed five firms for the job.

Written by VINCENT WEI / Published October 14, 2011 

Temple City officials, along with Vanir Construction Management, Inc., are negotiating with an architectural and engineering firm for the Rosemead Boulevard Improvement Project, City Manager Jose Pulido recently said.

Gruen Associates was selected as the finalist after interviews with the Rosemead Boulevard ad hoc committee.

The ad hoc committee is composed of Councilmembers Carl Blum and Vincent Yu.

“We interviewed and selected an architectural engineering firm to help us design the Rosemead Boulevard [Project],” Councilmember Vincent Yu reported during the December 7, 2010 city council meeting.

A search for an architectural and engineering firm began mid-October and concluded on October 27. In November, five highly ranked firms were interviewed for the position of project architect and engineer.

According to Councilmember Yu and City Manager Pulido, the City Council will be asked to approve a contract with Gruen Associates in mid-December.

“Once contract negotiations are complete, the consultant contract will be present to the City Council for consideration,” Pulido wrote in his December 2 weekly report.

Vanir Construction Management, the Rosemead Boulevard project manager, City Attorney Eric Vail, and City Manager Pulido are involved in the negotiations with Gruen Associates.

The Rosemead Boulevard Improvement Project was conceived after the City acquired Rosemead Boulevard, also known as Highway 19, from the state of California in 2008.

The City plans to introduce various improvements to the city street, such as energy efficient lighting, pedestrian-friendly enhancements, and drought landscapes.

Public art will also be incorporated following the City Council’s decision on December 7 to appoint Councilmember Blum and Mayor Fernando Vizcarra to set up a public arts advisory committee.

Vanir Construction Management, which was selected in August as project manager, will evaluate, re-design, and bid for the actual construction of the Project.

An earlier report has indicated that the Project will cost Temple City $7 million dollars. However, the City has already received up to $6.3 million in grants, with another $3 million already allocated from the general reserves.

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