Roeland Park Enlists SKW to Guide Design-Build Redevelopment Project
KANSAS CITY, MO Year-to-date, homebuilding is up 29 percent in the Kansas City, Missouri, area, and Johnson County is leading homebuilding for the area with more than 1,400 new single and multifamily permits this year. The city of Roeland Park, Missouri, is looking to capitalize on the growth in residential development and encourage engagement in its community through the commercial development of a key property along the community's main thoroughfare, Roe Boulevard.
The site, which was originally a mine, includes a sizable void, which presents a challenge to development. It had been used most recently as a swimming pool, but was shut down after demonstrating instability. As the city's on-call engineer, Shafer, Kline & Warren (SKW) recommended using a design-build approach for the project to allow contractors and geotechnical firms to submit an array of solutions for the city to consider as they look to fill the property's void and prepare it for development.
"Based on our experience with design-build, we felt this approach would be the best option," said Howard Lubliner, SKW Managing Director of Infrastructure Services. "Not only will the design-build approach allow for different construction solutions to be presented, but it also allows price, timing and experience to all be considered as part of the overall evaluation and selection of a team."
For the project, SKW is serving as the owner's representative. In this role, SKW developed the project's RFQ. SKW will also develop the RFP, assist in the evaluation and selection of a design-build team, and assist with the observation of the construction project.
"With its location on Roe Boulevard, this project is very important to the city," said Lubliner. "The city is considering a variety of development options to serve the community once the mine remediation and site preparation is complete."
The project is the first substantial design-build project completed by Roeland Park.
"As an owners' representative, we're able to support our municipal clients with the full breadth of our talent and expertise in infrastructure planning and site development," said Lubliner. "From pavement management to site development and assisting with federal funding, we are able to serve the community and support its goals. Our design-build experience helps us to not only present it as an option, but to also facilitate the execution of the project under this approach."