By Jeff Harrison
Midwest City Beacon
Midwest City leaders took another step towards revitalizing the area near the hospital.
The Midwest City Memorial Hospital Authority, which consists of the city council, awarded a $1.1 million contract to TSW architects to create construction documents and bid the project out for construction.
Midwest City and SSM Health are partnering on the project to redevelop the area near the hospital into a mixed-use development. The plan focuses on attracting new businesses and housing and improving connectivity and accessibility with the addition of multi-purpose trails and public gathering spaces.
The authority approved the contract with TSW at a Dec. 12 meeting.
The Atlanta, Georgia-based architecture firm has worked with the city on the project since 2021. The firm developed the revitalization plan and design code in March 2022, and later completed the schematic package including pricing for utility, grading and paving in August 2023.
Ward 1 Councilwoman Susan Eads asked if the contract was put out for bid. Matt Summers, director of planning and zoning, said the city solicited bids when the city initially hired the company in 2021.
“We solicited bids back when we first selected them for previous phases of the design,” he said. “This is a continuation of those services.”
The measure was approved by a 5-0 vote. Eads abstained from the vote. Councilman Sean Reed was absent.
The agreement includes project management, design development and construction documentation at a rate of $862,050. Bidding and construction administration with ‘as-needed’ costs is not to exceed $256,050. It also includes optional services for security and telecom infrastructure systems, engineering services, and audio/visual system engineering services at a cost of $25,920.