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G’view museum construction estimates higher than anticipated

BORA Architecture’s Wes Edwards (right) tells the Grandview City Council the estimated cost of constructing a new museum as City Administrator Cus Arteaga looks over the design proposal.

Photo by Jennie McGhan.
BORA Architecture’s Wes Edwards (right) tells the Grandview City Council the estimated cost of constructing a new museum as City Administrator Cus Arteaga looks over the design proposal.

GRANDVIEW – “This looks like it will cost twice what we thought,” Grandview Councilman Mike Bren said during a study session last night.

He was speaking about the estimated cost to construct a new museum.

Wes Edwards of BORA Architecture delivered the news that the cost of building a new museum could reach more than $708,000 for a 4,900 square foot design.

Providing the Grandview City Council with design plans, Edwards said there was a lot of thought and discussion that took place to come up with plans for a new museum building.

The current museum building was sold to the Grandview School District and is being leased until the museum’s displays have a new home.

Edwards said concepts and design ideas were developed after a walk-through of the current museum, which is between 3,200 and 3,500 square feet in size.

The museum’s displays are in tight quarters, according to Edwards.

So, BORA Architecture developed a design that would allow room for growth, maneuverability and an appealing layout of the exhibits.

Edwards said the proposed location of the new museum, Country Park, will allow more visibility and the construction will be similar to the community center built there just a couple of years ago.

He said the architect focused on an interior that would more prominently feature the parlor, dining room, kitchen and bedroom displays in the museum. Currently, he said they are in the back of the R.E. Powell Museum, and not easily viewed.

The new building construction, said Edwards, will cost an estimated $543,860. Adding the cost of consultant services, the addition of utilities and other “soft costs” the total for the project is estimated at $708,118.

Looking at the design, Bren asked about alcoves that are part of the façade. He asked if those alcoves might be removed and used as storage space.

Edwards said the alcoves were designed to provide weather protection for those outside the building and there are windows that will allow natural lighting on the displays.

Expressing her own trepidation over the costs associated with the construction, Councilwoman Joan Souders asked if flattening out the exterior design might save some money.

To that Edwards told the council that it might add money for the slab work that would need to be completed by creating another interior room.

“The linear footage of the walls would remain the same,” he said.

City Administrator Cus Arteaga said staff considered the construction of a pole building for the museum. However, there would be issues related to climate control costs if the city decided on such a structure. “A pole building is not as energy efficient,” he said.

Also climate control, said Arteaga, is important for the preservation of the items displayed at the museum.

He said the city council members should discuss plans for the museum further at a retreat planned for later this summer.

There is currently $200,000 in the budget for a new museum. Arteaga said city staff will look for potential funding opportunities and the council will need to determine what steps it wishes to take next.

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