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The Grant Avenue Parkway project is primarily funded by a $21 million federal grant.
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The Grant Avenue Parkway project is primarily funded by a $21 million federal grant.

Design-build finalists chosen for Grant Avenue Parkway project

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The Grant Avenue Parkway project has taken another step forward with the selection of teams to develop design and construction proposals, with a final choice to be made this fall.

The city of Springfield announced April 28 that two design-build teams were selected from an open call to design and construct the multimillion-dollar parkway development.

Both teams have members based in Springfield and outside of the area.

The GAP Collaborative Team is made up of Springfield-based Cook, Flatt and Strobel Engineers Inc.; Pleasant Hill-based Radmacher Brothers Excavating Co.; and Kansas City-based Hoerr Schaudt Landscape Architects LLC.

The Hartman Team is comprised of Springfield-based Hartman & Co. Inc.; Great River Engineering; Hunter-Chase & Associates Inc.; and St. Louis-based Horner & Shifrin Inc.

Springfield project manager Leree Reese said the city received many inquiries in the project over the past few months from construction-industry companies.

“We are excited that two qualified teams have come forward and both have the depth and expertise to execute the community’s vision and deliver a really great end product,” Reese said in a news release.

In a relatively new process for the city, the selected team will complete both the design and construction phases in parallel, and both will be combined into one contract. The design-build technique has been found to save time and costs, according to the Missouri Department of Transportation.

The city will issue a request for proposals on June 1 with a proposal deadline of Aug. 20. The winning team is expected to be selected by Aug. 31, according to the release.

Another round of public engagement will follow the selection to finalize a design. Construction is expected to begin in 2022 with completion estimated in 2026.

The Grant Avenue Parkway project is slated to create a multiuse pedestrian and bicycle pathway along Grant Avenue between Sunshine Street and downtown. The 3-mile stretch is planned to connect downtown businesses with the commercial draw of the Wonders of Wildlife National Museum and Aquarium and Bass Pro Shops.

Other elements of the plan include opportunities to improve the corridor’s framework, roadway, future development and placemaking.

The Grant Avenue Parkway Corridor Plan was adopted as part of the city’s comprehensive plan by Springfield City Council in March.

Work on the corridor is funded primarily by a $21 million federal Better Utilizing Investment Leverage Development grant from the U.S. Department of Transportation, which was awarded to the city in November 2019. The city is providing roughly $5.2 million in matching funds.

The plan was completed by city staff and Forward SGF comprehensive plan consultant Houseal Lavigne Associates after six months of public input.

Randall Whitman, principal city planner, previously said action related to the project would come before council in June, including a parkway overlay zoning district to establish the development code for the corridor and the rezoning of parcels within approximately 72 acres into the new zoning district.

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