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Architect Picked For New Library, City Hall, Fire Station

Oak Creek would pay Bray Architects about $1.2 million to help design three new civic buildings.

Oak Creek would spend up to $1.28 million for architectural and other related services in connection with a new Oak Creek city hall, library and fire station, under a proposal.

After reviewing 12 proposals and meeting with five firms, a committee of city officials picked Bray Architects to provide design, construction documents, bidding, inspection services and commissioning. The Oak Creek Common Council is scheduled to vote Tuesday on authorizing the city to negotiate a contract not to exceed $1,279,250.

Bray Architects stood out because of its experience with public building design and construction, low fees and strong project team, according to a report to council members.

A committee made up of fire department, library and other top city employees heard presentations over a two-day period in September before unanimously selecting Bray Architects.

The contract with Bray would be part of a $19.5 million budget to construct and furnish a new city hall and library on the former Delphi property and a new fire station on Centennial Drive.

Officials have said the city is paying for the buildings through its existing budget and public utility aid it gets from hosting the We Energies power plant, and won't require higher taxes.

The city hall and library are the first buildings planned for Drexel Town Square, a development project that aims to create a new downtown for Oak Creek at the corner of Drexel and Howell avenues.

The new fire station would be built at 255 E. Centennial Dr., just east of Howell Avenue across from the post office. The facility would replace Fire Station 1, 240 E. Puetz Road.

Oak Creek is aiming to break ground on the buildings next year and occupy them in 2014.

Mike in OC October 13, 2012 at 01:32 AM
I love this line.. "Officials have said the city is paying for the buildings through its existing budget and public utility aid it gets from hosting the We Energies power plant, and won't require higher taxes." Seems like they claim everything is paid for with money the city gets from WE Energies..... maybe we should sell naming rights and just change the name of OC to WE.
Patriot October 13, 2012 at 11:17 AM
BS!!!! It just amazes me how these elected officials can justify the design and build of amproject this size on the tax payers dime!!! All while the economy is barely moving along. All while one of the biggest express shipping companies is talking cut backs to employess, aircraft and such to position themselves to be profitable. This because the said express shipping company has revised their 2013 financial outlook thanks to the current Obama Admin policies. Yet our local Government feels it necessary to proceed with a huge project as this!!!! AMAZING!!!!!
Patriot October 13, 2012 at 11:20 AM
OC has numerous vacant store fronts!! Its obvious that we as a nation are NOT MOVING forward!!! Its time our local officials start listening to those who have put them in power. Just remember our trusted elected officals that elections matter!!

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