Timetable of Robert Crown $18-$53 million cost increases

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Robert Crown Center project costs soared from $18 million to $53 million in three years. Much of the new costs can be attributed to increased scope, such as additions of a third artificial turf field and larger and additional interior rooms following negotiations and a $500,000 from a local private school; foundation design issues; and use of artificial turf on the outdoor athletic fields, which is two to three times the cost of natural grass, and because it is considered an impervious surface, will require expanded stormwater detention.

Publicly, the City of Evanston also cited increased steel prices from tariffs as adding $500,000 to the project costs. However, as was provided to Evanston Leads by a resident, the steel costs have been $1 million lower than originally projected in 2017. Bulley & Andrews, the construction firm hired for the project, estimated $3.1 million in steel, but actual payment for steel logistics, steel and miscellaneous metal was $2 million. The City has not responded to Evanston Lead’s requests for clarification on overall project costs.


This is Part 2 of our Robert Crown Center series. The next City meeting regarding the project is this Wednesday, February 13, 6pm at the Robert Crown center.

Part 4: RCCC Project Overview, Concerns

Part 3: Financing for $90 million+ Project & Debt Costs

Part 1: Quick Guide to Bonds & Debt


Project Cost Timetable

Includes only planning, designing and construction costs.
Does not include ancillary consultancy or bond issuance costs or fees.
1974
Robert Crown Center is built for $2.5 million ($12.1 million*)
*Adjusted for inflation
2003
Renovation estimate =  $5,523,055 ($7.5 million*)
*Adjusted for inflation
2009
Renovation + New turf fields $18 million ($19.6 million*)
*Adjusted for inflation
New facility (two full size ice sheets) $30 million ($32.7 million*)
*Adjusted for inflation
February 2015
City request consultant proposals.
Project estimate: 
$18-30 million
August 2016
Start of design/construction schedule.
Project estimate: 
$30 million
June 2017
Proposals publicly presented. Cost hits $42,345,896 by July
City Negotiations with Beacon Academy
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June-July 2017
City negotiates partnership with Beacon Academy for use of RCC gym and outdoor fields.

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August 2017
Updated Proposal Increases Scope
Addition of third artificial turf field
Larger and additional interior rooms
January 2018
Renderings & details of Beacon Academy released. Center will serve as the private school’s athletic facilities, including additional field and gym bearing the Beacon Academy name and logo. Separate facilities to house Beacon athletic staff offices. City details Beacon $500,000 contribution.
$46,756,374 (as of Sept. 18)

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March 29, 2018 
1. Foundation design & soil management issues found, 2. Addition of public art, 3. Increased contingency fees, 
4. Increased stormwater detention sizes (following water agency’s ruling turf fields as impervious surfaces) $53,375,281
June 15, 2018
Design advancement
Security, communications & signage moved from soft to hard costs $53,313,254
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Current

61,000 sq. foot facility 

  • 2 ice rinks
  • Basketball-sized gymnasium
  • Licensed early childhood care
  • Multipurpose/party rooms

Exterior

  • Grass athletic fields
  • Tennis Courts

Projected

130,000 sq. foot facility 

  • 2 NHL-sized ice rinks,
  • Expanded gymnasium
  • Expanded early child care
  • Expanded multi-purpose rooms
  • Expanded offices
  • 5,000-6,000-square-foot branch library

Exterior

  • 3 Artificial turf athletic fields
  • Tennis Courts

 


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