At its meeting Thursday, the Reston Association Board of Directors unanimously approved the release of just over $200,000 in funds previously allocated to the Central Services Facility renovation, to begin the architecture and engineering phase of the project.
According to Garrett Skinner, RA’s capital projects director, the funds will be used to develop detailed design and construction plans, further “value engineer” the project for cost savings, prepare permit application documents, receive detailed construction bids, and prepare the report for the Board of Directors to consider for the project’s next phase.
The project was put on hold in June 2016 when the board recommended such large-scale projects be paused until the Tetra/Lake House independent review was conducted. The board approved in December the release of funds to have staff work with project managers on an updated estimate of project cost.
Before the project was placed on hold, $87,000 was expended in the planning and design phase.
The project will include upgrades to the facility’s main building, shop area and warehouse:
- bathroom in warehouse building for environmental staff
- additional exit and ADA accessibility for warehouse office area
- replace all windows in main building
- add to bathroom capacity in main building to meet volume needs
- address leaking roof
- improve reception area for staff and RA members
- provide HVAC system for shop area
- install security system
- upgrade LAN connectivity
- provide adequate workspaces
- provide modular training space
RA staff says the cost of the project may increase by about 10 percent because it has been on hold, owed to increased demand for construction in the Dulles Corridor and greater Washington region. Skinner said at Thursday’s meeting that staff is “working hard” to try to stay within the projected cost of the renovation, which had been set at $1,553,185.