A Madison, Wis., firm will be tabbed to design the second phase of Davenport’s Veterans Memorial Park after being chosen over 14 other companies.
SmithGroup JJR was among five firms interviewed by a 13-person panel earlier this month.
“They were very impressive and seemed to be the right people to do the job,” said Alderman Bill Edmond, 2nd Ward, who sat in on the interviews. “We could’ve picked any of the five to do the job.
“They had the expertise, the local connections,” he said. “They were very professional and had the same vision that we did.”
Aldermen could discuss the selection at their committee-of-the-whole meeting at 5:30 p.m. today at Davenport City Hall and vote on approval at next week’s meeting.
Phase II is projected to be a 30-foot-high mound with a veterans monument on top. The monument would complement the flag pole monument constructed in 2011.
JJR is experienced with waterfront design and is aware of the difficulties of building on the site of Davenport’s former landfill, said Zach Peterson, the city’s project manager.
Public Works director Mike Clarke also thinks the company will be a good fit.
“Smith Group JJR has an outstanding team that presented their firm’s capabilities and talents extremely well, demonstrating an energy and level of expertise that the panel felt was the best fit for this project,” Clarke said.
A resolution to approve JJR’s selection calls for services costing no more than $300,000. The city’s capital improvement budget for fiscal year 2014 includes $100,000 for Veterans Memorial Park, with the rest of the funding from future budgets and private fundraising.
JJR’s scope of service was reasonable, Peterson said, with various options for what work can be done. The company also has a history of fundraising help.
“That is one of the strong points that reasonated with our panel is they have helped raise funds on past projects,” he said.
A representative of SmithGroup JJR declined to comment beyond the group’s initial presentation.