Ada City Council continued to move forward Tuesday with plans for a new multipurpose sports park.
The council voted 4-0 to hire the Oklahoma City-based firm JHBR Architects to provide professional services for the sports park. Vice Mayor Shane Sweeney was absent.
The city will pay JHBR $10,900 for the predesign phase plus 7 percent of the project cost, estimated at $4 million, for the remaining phases.
“This will specifically exclude land acquisition costs,” said interim City Manager Cody Holcomb.
In the predesign phase, JHBR will gather information about the city’s requirements for a sports park and develop a preliminary design. If the city approves the design, JHBR will prepare design development documents and draw up construction papers.
The council agreed to hire JHBR based on a recommendation from the Citizens Advisory Board (CAB), which is responsible for overseeing the sports complex and five other capital improvement projects. The projects are funded with proceeds from a one-cent sales tax which has been in place since 2010.
The CAB’s sports complex subcommittee considered several architectural firms in Oklahoma and Texas before narrowing the list to three firms, including JHBR, said subcommittee member Russ Allen. A smaller group heard presentations from the three firms and decided to recommend JHBR to the council.
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