By Marc Buckhout for The Foothills Focus
Original Headline: Anthem Council Plans for New Building
Anthem Community Council’s board approved release of an RFP for a design-build team, possibly with project manager, to convert the new 36.5K SF community center into a multi-purpose facility. Functions in the renovated building range from office space for council and HOA staff, a welcome center, a home for law enforcement entities serving the area, as well as social, educational and entertainment opportunities.
At the August Anthem Community Council meeting the council voted unanimously to approve the process by which that project gets under way.
Chief Executive Officer Jenna Kollings detailed a plan in which a selection team, consisting of staff, a board member and then volunteers from the community with experience in selecting a project manager for the design build, will come up with a recommendation to make to the board in time for either the October or the November council meeting.
She added the vision is to select a project manager following a very thorough Request For Proposal process. Due to the broad nature of work the building requires Kollings said she wouldn’t rule out having a joint bid under one named construction manager.
“Once we have board approval we want to be able to hit the ground running,” she said. “The goal is to make the building the premiere gathering place in Anthem.”
Kollings added Anthem has been in talks with the Maricopa County Sherriff’s office regarding leasing space at 3701 W. Anthem Way and that those negotiations are going well.
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