By Rebecca Gaunt
Kennesaw City Council approved Croy Engineering’s $119,910 proposal to provide engineering and architectural design services for the Public Works Building on Monday.
The city plans to build the second floor of the existing Moon Station Road facility, install a hydraulic elevator in the existing shaft, replace the natural gas generator, and install a service counter on the first floor. Additional parking will be added with improved access for people with disabilities.
Croy Engineering will provide site surveys, architectural drawings, construction documents, tender assistance and oversee the construction phase.
The total construction cost is estimated at $2 million, with the city using US bailout funds. Expenditures are eligible for ARP as measures to improve social distancing and ventilation. Planning and zoning, economic development, building services, code enforcement, business licensing and GIS staff will move out of City Hall.
Council also approved a contract with American Architectural Design Specialties to build a wheelchair swing for $49,285 at the Swift-Cantrell Park Inclusive Playground.
The city received a T-Mobile Hometown grant to cover the costs.
The SPLOST-funded playground opened in January 2020. The idea was born years ago from a conversation between council member Pat Ferris and Kennesaw resident Ann Pratt about the possibility of installing a wheelchair swing. The 5,000 square feet of inclusive play space with wheelchair-accessible ramps, an eight-person wheelchair swing game, sensory stations, a slide, and a shade canopy that was added to the area of original 13,500 square foot games will finally get the piece of the puzzle that started it all.
“I certainly want to mention my sincere gratitude to Jeff [Drobney, city manager] to stay on top of that and bring it, and of course parks and recreation for, I think there was a grant to do that, so it’s nice to see it finally happening,” said said Ferris.
Rebecca Gaunt holds a degree in journalism from the University of Georgia and a master’s degree in education from Oglethorpe University. After teaching elementary school for several years, she returned to writing. She lives in Marietta with her husband, son, two cats and a dog. In her spare time, she likes to read, binge on Netflix and travel.