Tonight: Atherton to ink deal with civic center architect

WRNS Studios chosen to design civic center

WRNS Studio, the architectural firm that designed the master plan and energy-efficient library for Sacred Heart Schools in Atherton, has been chosen to design Atherton's new civic center complex.

Atherton's City Council is scheduled to approve an initial contract with WRNS when it meets Wednesday night, March 18, at 7 p.m., in the town's council chambers at 94 Ashfield Road.

The town plans to pay the firm $3.2 million for services performed through the construction of the complex. The contract proposal before the council is for $379,480 and covers the first two phases of the design only, including changes to the master plan and conceptual design of the complex.

Also on the March 18 agenda:

● A master plan for Holbrook-Palmer Park.

● Final adoption of the town's state-required housing element, which says how the town will provide its share of the regional housing need.

● A contract that will allow the town to begin work on projects identified in the bicycle and pedestrian master plan the council gave final approval to in November.

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Posted by Huh?
a resident of Atherton: other
on Mar 18, 2015 at 7:00 pm

Have $380,000 in private donations already been raised? If not, how is this being paid for given that Atherton voters have commanded the town council to use only private donations?

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Posted by Barbara Wood
Almanac staff writer
on Mar 19, 2015 at 7:09 am

Barbara Wood is a registered user.

You are correct. The contract will not be implemented until the town has in hand the percentage of the cost of the contract that needs to be paid by private donations, $250,457. Atherton NOW has promised that should be by April 1. The remainder of the contract will be paid out of funds previously set aside for library construction and building department construction.

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