Liz Swain 4:24 p.m., May 24
$498,000 Design Cost for new Hillcrest Fire Station
The San Diego city council this morning debated the retention of Rob Quigley Architects, Inc. for the re-design of Hillcrest’s Fire Station No. 5 at the corner of 9th and University. At issue was cost - $468,320 plus an additional $30,000 for cost overruns. The price would include architecture, engineering, and permitting valid for 3 years, but only constitutes approximately 7% of the total expected construction cost.
It was stated that nine firms were consulted by the city’s engineering department before the recommendation was made to contract with Quigley. Cost, however, was not one of the items taken into consideration when reviewing the competing proposals.
Some council members expressed concern that even if funding were provided to draw plans for the station, there might not be money available to complete construction of the structure before permits expired, an estimated outlay of over $7.1 million. Todd Gloria, whose district includes Hillcrest, stated that money would come from $102.2 million in bonds approved by the city to cover deferred maintenance projects citywide.