The O’Fallon City Municipal Center renovation project construction is planned to begin in early 2021, with a total estimated budget of about $2.4 million. Its overall intent is to improve the use of space, provide more modern facilities to increase productivity, and provide increased security for the public and city staff.
The project has reached the point where new furniture, fixtures, and equipment must be selected and ordered, which requires additional time during the ongoing pandemic.
O’Fallon Communications Director Tom Drabelle clarified, “Much of the building will get no construction at all and new furniture may be the extent of the project in those areas. That work can occur while construction is ongoing in other parts of the building.”
Modern Business Interiors (MBI) is a furniture dealership being used by the city for the design, layout, procurement, and installation of the furniture, fixtures, and associated equipment.
Drabelle explained, “MBI was selected as part of the City Council’s approval process in Sept. 2019 when they approved the scope of work and overall budget. Requests for proposals and appropriate vetting were used to identify the appropriate and best contractor for this work.”
MBI now has used their industry-wide relationships and governmental purchasing knowledge and programs to provide the city with an economical cost for procurement and installation.
Resolution 11-12-2020C authorizes an agreement with MBI for them to proceed with procurement and installation of the assorted furniture, fixtures and equipment in the amount of $539,443.
The project’s total estimated budget of $2.4 million includes $650,000 allocated for this work, making the authorized amount $110,557 (17%) less than the budget. However, additional pieces still could be added to the project.
At the Nov. 12 council meeting, the resolution was approved by a vote of 5-2. Council members Katie Gatewood (Ward 5) and Deana Smith (Ward 1) voted against the measure. Council members Debbie Cook (Ward 5), Dr. Jim Ottomeyer (Ward 4), and Dave Hinman (Ward 1) were absent/excused.