Inter-Departmental Correspondence

Department of Public Works



June 1, 2009


June 9, 2009







Honorable Board of Supervisors


James C. Porter, Director of Public Works


Phase 3 Improvements - Edgewood Park and Natural Preserve Interpretive Center



Adopt a resolution:



Adopting the construction plans, specifications, and conformance with prevailing wage scale requirements for Phase 3 Improvements - Edgewood Park and Natural Preserve Interpretive Center;



Authorizing the publication of a notice to contractors twice in a local newspaper; and



Authorizing the Director of Public Works to call for sealed bids on Tuesday, July 28, 2009, at 2:30 p.m.



Commitment: Preserve and provide people access to our natural environment.

Goal 14: Important natural resources are preserved and enhanced through environmental stewardship.


Adoption of the proposed resolution contributes to this commitment and goal by constructing an educational center to inform the public about the Park and Natural Preserve.



The San Mateo County Parks and Recreation Foundation in conjunction with the Department of Parks developed concept plans for the Interpretive Center which included a bus and overflow parking area, a 1,200-square-foot education center and 1,500-square-foot outdoor deck, improvements to the existing parking areas, a new pedestrian bridge, and a new water storage tank and utilities. The project was proposed to be built in three phases:


Phase 1 – Construction of a new pedestrian bridge completed in Fiscal Year 2005-06.


Phase 2 – Construction of a bus and overflow parking area completed in Fiscal Year 2005-06.


Phase 3 – Construction of a new building/deck, trails, a new water storage tank and utilities, and improvements to the existing parking area proposed to be constructed during Fiscal Year 2009-10.


On March 3, 2009 your Board adopted an Appropriation Transfer Request to provide an appropriation in the Capital Projects Fund for oversight of the proposed Phase 3 work.



The proposed Phase 3 work will include the new Bill and Jean Lane Education Center with outdoor deck, amphitheater and associated trails, a new water storage tank and utilities, and improvements to the existing parking area. Sustainable building concepts were incorporated into the location and design of the project. These include use of reclaimed materials, building site selection to use passive techniques to keep the building warmer in the winter and cooler in the summer, and placement of windows above exhibits to take advantage of natural light. There are plans for a 6 kilo-watt solar system which provide heating and approximately half of the center’s energy needs.


Public Works staff will manage bidding and awarding the contract, conduct pre-bid and pre-construction conferences, and administer contract change orders and payment requests. The Parks and Recreation Foundation hired an architect and construction manager to oversee the construction.


The Department of Parks has certified that the Negative Declaration to develop an Interpretive Center at Edgewood County Park and Natural Preserve is complete, correct, and adequate and prepared in accordance with the California Environmental Quality Act and applicable State and County guidelines.


The resolution has been approved as to form by County Counsel.



The estimated Phase 3 construction cost is $700,000 and an appropriation is included in the FY2009-10 Capital Projects Budget. All phases of the project have been financed by various grants, private donations, the Friends of Edgewood Preserve, and the Parks and Recreation Foundation.