Four concepts; Boyne City future facilities plans proposed

facilities webBenjamin Gohs

News Editor

Four concepts of what Boyne City’s city hall, emergency services and Department of Public Works (DPW) could look like have been released.

Ray Kendra of Environment Architects unveiled the four concepts to the general public on Tuesday May 27 at the Boyne Area Senior Center.
“We did some analysis of the existing structures with our team, as well as with some engineering folks that we work with—mechanical, electrical, plumbing engineering folks,” Kendra said… “And then what we’ve done is we’ve put together a kind of program of what people were asking for.”
Kendra stressed that the concepts are preliminary in nature and that public input is still welcome.
“For the past several months, Environment Architects has been busy meeting with people, whether they’re members of boards and commissions, city staff, city departments and the general public to get concepts and thoughts with regards to how we should handle our current and future facilities needs,” said Boyne City Manager Michael Cain. “As a part of all the research, both with talking to people, inspecting what we have right now and looking at the other plans we had on the books, they developed some concepts that they are unveiling here tonight to look at.”
Kendra said, in reviewing the existing structures, a few things became apparent.
Kendra said the north and west walls of the existing garage building—which is in rough shape—has water damage, cracking and could involve substantial cost. He also said the museum addition is not in bad shape but it is a lighter type of construction than the rest of the building, and that the city’s mechanical and electrical systems all need to be upgraded or replaced.
“The big thing that came out of both charrettes … the biggest concern that I think everybody knows and has experienced is the emergency vehicle loading ingress and egress, especially when there’s events happening at the park,” Kendra said. “That was obviously a concern that came up from the pavilion project that we worked on and it was also reiterated in the work that we are doing here.
Kendra said another concern he had is the amount of parking on the site that is available but unused.
“Just the way it’s situated it doesn’t work out very well,” he said.
Kendra said another key wish is for the emergency services to brought together on the site.
“I’d say 90 to 95 percent of the people that were involved in those input sessions several weeks back liked the idea of keeping the emergency services in the center of town,” he said.
Kendra said people overwhelmingly were more interested in keeping response times of emergency services low rather than opening space on the waterfront by moving the services to other locations.
Following are overviews of the four concepts that include pros, cons and projected costs:
Concept A
The first concept considers maintaining the current DPW garage facility and removing and replacing Boyne City Hall.
The DPW garage would be reconfigured to make room for fire, EMS and police. The work would include demolition and the addition of interior partitions. The existing steel structure would remain and new wood trusses would be required at the original brick portion of the structure. A small addition would be added to accommodate the police office.
The entire DPW building would receive a new roof, mechanical system and parts of the electrical and plumbing systems would be replaced. The structure would receive new insulation and its facade would be made to match the proposed city hall building.
The city hall would be located approximately over the existing footprint would offer room for city administration, an expanded public meeting area and space for future growth that could initially be used by either the museum or the MSU Extension Office.
Portions of the DPW operations may remain on the site as a new structure, with cold storage and the salt barn being relocated to the North Boyne site—or the entire DPW operation could be moved to North Boyne.
Pros:
Utilizes existing garage structure
Emergency vehicle egress shifts to north side of existing structure, eliminating pedestrian conflict and enhancing public safety
Maximizes view of Lake Charlevoix from Lake Street
Cons:
Parking location does not improve after hours use and access to Veterans Park or the ball fields
Location of existing garage does not provide optimal use of the site
Potential unforeseen difficulty related to reuse of existing structures will require a larger contingency to be maintained during construction
Estimated Costs
Sitework – $620,250
New city hall structure – $1,184,903
Existing garage renovation – $1,664,108
North Boyne DPW – $2,250,000
(includes sitework, new garage, new cold storage and new salt barn)
Soft costs – $775,000
(contingency of 10 percent, professional fees and owner costs)
Overall project costs – $6,494,261

Concept B
This concept explores maintaining the existing city hall and removing the DPW garage.
The plan would be to remodel the entire city hall interior with new finishes, mechanical, electrical and plumbing systems. Portions of the existing mechanical system have the potential for reuse, quantified savings from reuse will require more detailed exploration. Interior spaces and functions would be reconfigured and shifted to alternate locations as required as part of the new plan.
A key aspect of the second concept would be an addition over the north end of the existing museum that would create a second floor meeting space and allow for future growth. The space would expand the public gathering space and offer a view of the lake.
Also, additions would be constructed to make room for vehicle storage for fire, ambulance and police and the building’s facade and energy systems would also be upgraded.
Portions of the DPW operations could remain on the site as a new structure, with the cold storage and salt barn relocated to North Boyne, or the entire DPW operation moved to North Boyne.
Pros:
Utilizes existing city hall structure
Emergency vehicle egress shifted to northeast side of existing structure directly onto Lake Street eliminating conflicts and enhancing public safety
Parking is situated to provide easy access to Veterans Park and the ball field
Cons:
Quantity of garage doors related to emergency service vehicles fronting Lake Street and potential traffic concerns
Building orientation minimizes view to the lake from Lake Street
Potential unforeseen difficulty of reusing existing structure would require a larger contingency to be maintained during construction
Estimated Costs
Sitework – $558,537
Building addition/renovation – $3,214,738
North Boyne DPW – $2,250,000
(includes sitework, new garage, new cold storage and new salt barn)
Soft costs – $830,119
Total projected costs – $6,853,394

Concept C
This concept would maintain a large portion of the current city hall and remove the museum addition and DPW garage
Concept C would remodel the entire city hall interior with the potential to reuse portions of the existing mechanical system.
Interior spaces and functions would be reconfigured and shifted to alternate locations as required as part of the new plan.
A new addition would be constructed in place of the current museum, that would create expanded public meeting space and room for future growth that could initially be used by the museum or the MSU Extension Office.
Also, building additions would be created to provide garage space for fire, ambulance and police vehicles. The exterior would also be upgraded in addition to energy efficiency  upgrades.
Portions of the DPW could remain on-site as a new structure, with the cold storage and salt barn relocated to North Boyne, or the entire DPW could be relocated to North Boyne.
Pros:
Utilizes portions of the existing city hall
Emergency vehicle egress would be shifted to the northeast of existing structure, eliminating pedestrian conflict and enhancing public safety. This concept would expand garage facilities but most of the doors are not oriented directly onto Lake Street
Parking is situated to provide easy access to Veterans Park and the ball field
Enhances public green space created on Lake Street
Cons:
Drive-through loading of emergency vehicle bays requires ingress (non-emergency) through primary public parking areas at times
Building orientation minimizes view to the lake from Lake Street
Potential difficulties/unforeseen circumstances related to reuse of existing structures would require a larger contingency to be maintained during construction
Estimated costs
Sitework – $603,027
Building addition/renovation – $3,679,486
North Boyne DPW – $2,250,000
(includes sitework, new garage, new cold storage and salt barn)
Soft costs – $954,994
Total estimated costs – $7,487,507

Concept D
The final concept considers removing all existing structures and creating a new facility to house all of the city’s primary functions. This would include administration, public meeting space, and emergency services like fire, EMS and police.
Concept D includes a small second story space, not for public use, that would house living quarters for the EMS personnel and include exercise and storage space.
As with the other concepts, D could involve the DPW remaining on-site or moving to North Boyne, or some combination thereof.
Pros:
All new construction avoids issues with remodeling
Emergency vehicle circulation/traffic completely segregated from public/pedestrian areas
Parking would be situated to provide easy access to Veterans Park and the ball field and offers the largest number of parking spaces
Entry oriented to address downtown/Veterans Park creating a “village green” concept
LaFrance fire truck would be prominently displayed on Lake Street
Cons:
Quantity of garage doors related to emergency service vehicles fronting Lake Street and potential traffic concerns
Building orientation moderately limits the view of the lake from Lake Street
Phasing would require temporary off-site relocation of all departments during construction
Projected Costs
Sitework – $624,510
Building new structure – $3,740,583
North Boyne DPW – $2,250,000
(includes sitework, new garage, new cold storage and new salt barn)
Soft costs – $974,067
Total estimated cost – $7,589,160

DPW relocation to North Boyne concept
This proposes that all of the city’s Department of Public Works operations be moved to the North Boyne Site except for a small storage area at the Lake Street facility which would accommodate seasonal equipment used to maintain the adjacent parks and Lake Street grounds.
The existing cold storage facility would remain. The existing salt barn would be demolished and replaced with a new structure.
A new metal structure with a masonry base to 8 feet would be constructed to house operations and primary vehicle storage. A pole barn would also be erected to help with cold storage.
Pros:
New construction avoids remodeling issues
Consolidation of DPW facilities
Cost savings of having an off-site facility that does not require matching aesthetics to the new city hall
Construction at North Boyne would open phasing opportunities for Lake Street site
Cons:
DPW facility removed from the rest of city facilities
DPW not centrally located
Increased traffic to current site located in more residential setting
Projected costs
Sitework – $252,000
New cold storage – $138,645
New salt barn – $135,000
New operations garage – $1,296,117
Soft costs – $400,787
Total estimated costs – $2,222,549
Go to www.boynegazette.com to see all the proposed city facilities conceptual drawings and floor plans. Then, share your input with Boyne City officials.