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Commentary: Why Mayor Foster's $70-80 Million Cost for St. Petersburg Pier is misleading

27 October 2013 by Robert Neff


Mayor Foster and the City of St. Petersburg have publicized the cost to refurbish the St. Petersburg Pier to be $70-80 million. A public records request was filed in October 2013. That document supports the Mayor Foster's figure if the Pier is renovated with the same footprint.

However, this document also shows a significantly lower cost if the bridge and pier head (Apron) are reduced. This cost is more in-line with the recent costs of the previously proposed St. Petersburg Pier called the Lens designed by Michael Maltzan Architecture.

The Lens was soundly defeated by a city-wide referendum. This referendum was the result of two petition drives. The first was by Vote on The Pier and was not certified by the city. The second petition was by Concerned Citizens of St. Petersburg and this was certified by the City of St. Petersburg. This was placed on the August 2013 ballot and soundly defeated.


BACKGROUND:

During the campaign for the new St. Petersburg Pier, Mayor Foster and City Council of Petersburg stated the cost to refurbish the Pier was between $70-80 million dollars. This was used to compare the new St Petersburg Pier, called the Lens. This figure became an "Apples and oranges" comparison because similar measurements were not used.

Instead the Mayor Foster and City Council of St. Petersburg compared the refurbished pier "As Is" to the Lens' narrower bridge and decreased footprint. However, there is an Apple to apples cost comparison that Mayor Foster and the City Council did not publicize. Why? You have to ask them.

If these costs were available to residents prior to the referendum, they should have been made public. If this is so, proves what many have suspected - Mayor Foster and City Council of St. Petersburg were not entirely forthcoming on the costs to renovate the St. Petersburg Pier.

#MayorFoster put up a fence around #StPete Pier, email mayor@stpete.org - remove that fence!

Fact: The bridge and the apron (Area around the Pier) are good until 2015.

bullet.Click here to email Mayor Foster and request that he REMOVE the fence!

SUMMARY - Total Project Cost

Reference: Clerk Of Courts provided spreadsheet dated Oct 3, 2013. The information is not readable when scanned so has been copied into spreadsheet format. I have two comments on this table.  

Replace Existing Pier

Reduced Size Pier

Cost   $74,510,497 $45,487,314
Pier Bridge Construction Cost with Pier Head   300 x 422' 200 x 200'
Pier Bridge over water   1,020 x 100' 1,020 x 50 '
Landside Pier Bridge Approach   360 x 100' 360 x 50'
Concrete Boat landing Docks - East and south   380 x 20' 200 x 20'

I.

Building Renovation Construction Cost

Same for "Replace Existing" and "Reduced Size Pier"
1 Selective Demo (Floors 1-5)  $183,930
2 Hazardous Materials Abatement  $50,000
3 New Ground Floor Utility Rooms and Restrooms  $787,500
4 Raise Headers Elevators, stairwells, utility rooms  $240,000
5 Ground floor street furniture and accessories  $50,000
6 Remove Roof Deck  $35,556
7 Reroof & replace deck  $266,670
8 Replacement Railngs to Code  $90,000
9 Floorings, Partitions and Ceilings finishes  $551,790
10 Doors, Hardware  $183,930
11 Exterior Waterproofing, Sealing & Paint  $203,340
12 Floor to Ceiling Windows (14'x 9'6 ) - 14 per side  $595,840
13 Exterior Storefront  $100,000
14 Kitchen  $250,000
15 Retail Space NIC
16 Emergency Generator  $168,267
17 Plumbing  $397,289
18 Elevators  $925,518
19 Electrical & Communication & Security Systems  $996,901
20 HVAC Replacement  $2,598,931
21 Fire Protection  $227,337
 $8,902,799
   
1 Sub - Total MEP  $5,314,243
2 Sub-Total Building  $8,902,799
3 General Conditions @12%  $1,068,336
4 Contractor OH&P 8%  $797,691
5 Contingency @20%  $2,153,765
6 Subtotal (Comment: DID CITY ROUND DOWN $1 ? )  $12,922,590
7 Cost Escalation to Mid point of const 2.5 yrs @2% =5%  $646,130
  TOTAL INVERTED PYRAMID REMOVATION (w/o Floor Deck)  $13,568,720

II.

Pier Bridge Construction Costs

  Replace Existing   Reduced Size Pier
1 Pier Head less 22,5000 SF under Pyramid 300 x 422'  $13,533,000 200 x 200'  $2,528,500
2 Reconstruct Inverted Pyramid First Floor at Higher EL    $3,075,000    $3,075,000
3 Raise Pier head 6' added pile length (110 piles x 6' )    $201,600    $73,920
4 Pier Bridge over water 1,020 x 100'  $11,424,000 1,020 x 50'  $5,712,000
5 Raise Pier Bridge 6' added pile length 300 piles x 6'  $201,600 110 piles x 6'  $67,200
6 Landside Pier Bridge Approach 360 x 100'  $3,456,000 360 x 50'  $1,728,000
7 Concrete Boat landing Docks - East and south 380 x 20'  $936,000 200 x 20'  $520,000
8 Wooden Fishing Pier - East Pier Head    $250,000    $150,000
9 Sidewalks/Curbs    $969,600    $378,160
10 Brick Paver sidewalks NIC NIC
11 Shade Structures Along Approach NIC NIC
12 Planters and Benches NIC NIC
13 Medium Separator Curb 1140 x 2 ea x 4' wide    $164,160   -
14 Historic Approach Bridge Balconies 22ea x 20' x 5'    $246,400    $246,400
15 Concrete Railing or Historic Railing Restoration    $364,000    $304,000
16 Bait Houses - Reuse 2 each existing    $100,000    $100,000
17 Utility - Potable Water    $168,000    $168,000
18 Utility - Fire Protection Water    $168,000    $168,000
19 Utility - Sewer    $152,000    $152,000
20 Utility - Gas NIC NIC
21 Utility - electric    $294,000    $294,400
22 Sewer Lift Station No. 8    $450,000    $450,000
23 Lighting $20/LF wire/conduit + $3500 fixture @50'    $390,960    $333,000
24 Landside Trolley station 120'long x 60' wide    $691,200    $691,200
25 Stormwater piping/treatment NIC NIC
Total Pier Bridge, approach, boat docks, utilities    $37,235,920    $17,139,780
   
1 General Conditions @ 12 %
2 Contractor OH&P @ 8%
3 Contingency @ 20%    $7,447,184    $3,427,956
  Subtotal    $44,683,104    $20,567,736
4 Cost Escalation to Mid point of construction (5%)    $2,234,155    $1,028,387
5 Total Pier Bridge and Head, landside and overwater    $46,917,295    $21,596,123
  Combined revised Total - New construction    $60,485,979    $35,164,843
           

III.

Demolition of Existing Pier Bridge

   $3,350,822    $3,358,322
1 Demo Existing Pier Head & Bridge and extract piles    $3,350,822    $3,350,822
2 Navigation Aids - 5 Lights beacon on Inverted Pyramid Comment: Why is cost blank?    $7,500
           

IV.

Design and Project Administration Cost

   $10,673,696    $6,964,149
1 Design A/E Fees - does not include demo    $6,048,598    $3,516,484
2 Construction Admin, Testing, Inspection    $1,209,720    $703,297
3 Project Management    $604,860    $351,648
4 Geotechnical Engineering, Other Consulting    $500,000    $500,000
5 Tenant Fitout    $750,000    $750,000
6 Permit Fees 1%    $604,860    $351,648
7 Art in Public Spaces - cap amount    $500,000    $500,000
8 Contingency for Design and Admin    $455,659    $291,071
           
V

TOTAL PROJECT COST

 

 $74,510,497

 

 $45,487,314


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