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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.

Architect Picked For New Library, City Hall, Fire Station

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.

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