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Posted on: September 19, 2019

[ARCHIVED] Town Center Project Update


Atherton Town Center - Project Activity

Overall project work this week focused on finalizing the Police Department's temporary parking area; finishing work on the sewer laterals; continued work on the new water line; drilling and installing piles for the new City Hall/PD building; and excavation of the grade beams for the new Library building. 

Grade_Beams_LibraryThis is a very exciting time for the project! Batter boards are up and forming the perimeter of the new buildings and with the excavation of the grade beams you can see the shape of the new facilities. In the coming months, the buildings will go vertical and it will get even more exciting! The roadway entry for the temporary parking for the Police Department with access off of Fair Oaks is where that new road will enter off of Fair Oaks and cut over to Ashfield when the project is complete. That new roadway is still a naming opportunity that the Council is considering as part of the continuing fundraising effort.

Live webcams for Library and City Hall/PD Building are active on the Town's website. There is also a project progress photo gallery.

City Hall/Police Building

For the new City Hall and Police Building this week, Amoroso finished up the temporary gate and fencing for the Police Department's temporary parking area. The drilling crew shifted from the Library to the City Hall pad to begin drilling and installing the piers. There are 105 total piers that will be drilled for the new building at varying depths.

Pad_Elevation_Civic_CourtYou will notice as you drive by that the pad itself is a bit elevated from the natural grade - particularly off of Fair Oaks. The entry into the building from the Fair Oaks side will include a ramp and a small set of stairs. As you cross the site, the difference in elevation of the pad to natural grade decreases as the natural grade elevation increases. This difference in grade is not something you may have noticed on the original site, but in order for the new Civic Court to daylight out to natural grade near the historic Council Chambers the pad ends up higher on the Fair Oaks side of the project.

Pier_Drilling_City_HallAs Amoroso works on the piers for the building, they will also excavate the elevator. This is a two-story building and as a public facility, it requires an elevator to provide access to the second floor. The elevator is accessed from the lobby area and takes the visitor to the second floor pathway between the Building and Planning Departments on the west side to the Police Department on the east side.

As you look at the pad from Fair Oaks, to the left you'll see part of the existing roadway that's maintained at the present time. Under this section is the large 36-inch CPUC Water Line. Design and work on this project had to protect that line in place as the CPUC refused to relocate the line as part of the Town's project. This not only put constraints on the design but also causes construction challenges. To the left of the CPUC water line is the pad layout for the Police Department Ancillary Building. The water line traverses the Police Department's new secure parking lot which is west of City Hall. 


 Historic Town Hall

Demolition of the interior of the historic Town Hall building is complete. This building will ultimately become a part of the new Library connected via a deck and patio doors that spill out from the side of the building onto the new deck. You can see the layout of the new patio and dec in front of the grade beams currently excavated for the Library. 

Work on this building will be sealed up for the winter season as work continues elsewhere on the project site. Once the interior work begins, work will resume on the historic Town Hall building. 


Webcam_LibraryWork this week focused on the excavation of grade beams for the project. This is where you can see the true layout of the new building. 

Take a look at the Project Webcams and you'll get a good feel for what the shape of the final building will be and how it relates to the project site. 

 Site Work

Overall site work this week still focused on utilities. While the main sewer line is complete, laterals needed to be added. Storm drain work is also continuing. CalWater is onsite to complete the new water line for the project. Once all this underground work completes, Amoroso can seal up the holes and the buildings will begin to go vertical.

 The Look Ahead

Work Areas for the Week of September 23

  • Finish Installation of New Sewer Laterals
  • Continue Work on New Water Line
  • Continue Work on New Storm Drain System(s)
  • Drill & Install Piles for City Hall/Police Building
  • Excavate and Install Elevator Drain Line and Slab Walls
  • FRP Bottom Notches Pile Caps
  • Grout and Wrap Embeds for Library Building
  • Install Grade Beam Waterproofing
Work Areas for the Week of September 30
  • Finish Work on New Storm Drain System(s)
  • Finish Work on Drilling & Installing Piles for City Hall/Police Building
  • Layout and Excavate Grade Beams for City Hall/Police Building
  • FRP Notches/Pile Caps for City Hall/Police Building
  • Install Grade Beam Waterproofing for Library
  • Install Rebar and Grade Beams for Library
Work Areas for the Week of October 7
  • Cold/Hot Water System/Returns for Site Work
  • Layout and Excavate Grade Beams for City Hall/Police Building
  • FRP Notches/Pile Caps for City Hall/Police Building
  • Install Rebar and Grade Beams for Library
  • Install Sleeves and Block Outs for Library
  • Set AB Templates and Bolts for Library

 Project Financials

 Payment RequestPeriodTown ShareLibrary ShareTotal
Payment Request #1June 2019$983,533.46$538,622.09$1,522,155.55
Payment Request #2July 2019$540,673.34$587,037.46$1,127,710.80
Payment Request #3August 2019$605,478.32$972,753.77$1,578,232.09
Totals $2,129,685.12$2,098,413.32$4,228,098.44
Initial Project Bid $28,701,034$18,375,966$47,077,000
Net Change Orders $27,021$42,847$69,868
Updated Project Cost $28,728,055$18,418,813$47,146,868
% Complete based on $ 7.4%11.4%9%
Target Based on 24-Month Schedule 12.5%


George Rodericks
City Manager

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