Work will soon get underway on the new Dublin San Ramon Services District (DSRSD) field operations center in Pleasanton, as the agency's Board of Directors recently awarded a contract for the planned improvements.
The board selected Metcon-TI, Inc., the lowest responsive and responsible bidder, to complete the job at a cost of just over $900,000 at its regular meeting two weeks ago.
The selection constitutes the latest step in a plan that's been years in the making for DSRSD, which provides water and wastewater services in Dublin and parts of San Ramon as well as sewer service to Pleasanton by contract.
In 2005, the agency identified the need to secure a permanent home for its field operations center, the base for employees who are tasked with maintaining DSRSD's water and wastewater infrastructure.
Two years later, it purchased property on Gleason Drive in Dublin for $5.6 million as a permanent location for the field operations division and corporation yard.
But a subsequent site assessment found that it would cost an estimated $18.9 million to place the field operations center on that property. Relocation plans were put on hold at that time because of the recession.
Last year, DSRSD began revisiting its plans to move by reviewing the Gleason site and others.
In March, the agency announced it had purchased a $4.9 million, two-acre parcel at 7035 Commerce Circle in Pleasanton to serve as the next home for its field operations center. At the time, the district stated this was a good investment since its staff had to vacate its location at the Camp Parks Reserve Forces Training Center by Sept. 30, per DSRSD's lease agreement with the U.S. Army.
Shortly after the purchase, DSRSD contracted with an architect and advertised the renovation project for bid.
Ultimately, the project was advertised for bid three times before staff came away with a specific firm to recommend to the board. Improvement costs had been estimated at $717,000 according to a board memo.
DSRSD received five bids the third time around, ranging from $736,500 to $1 million. Staff recommended that the board award the construction contract to Metcon-TI, the third-lowest bidder who they deemed the "most responsive and responsible."
In approving the agreement, DSRSD directors also authorized a requested budget increase of $850,000 for the project, raising its overall cost from $6.5 million to $7.35 million. In the board memo, district officials said they lacked information at the time they were negotiating the property's purchase since the budget for the project had not yet been developed.
The existing building on Commerce Circle will largely act as office and storage space for DSRSD field operators. Renovation work, which is slated to begin this month and be completed by late January, will include new locker rooms, a mud room, water quality sampling storage, and improvements to the kitchen and lobby.
The project budget was also used for the demolition of DSRSD's corporation yard at Camp Parks, per lease requirements.
Staff moved to the unfinished office building in August, and the U.S. Army terminated the lease agreement with DSRSD on Oct. 6.
As for the Gleason Drive property, DSRSD spokeswoman Renee Olsen said the agency plans to evaluate what it might do with the site during the budget process in the spring.
"We're not ready to dispose of it just yet," she said.