The Galveston Park Board of Trustees on Tuesday approved a contract with architectural firm Rogers Partners to consult in the building of a new pavilion on Stewart Beach.
The contract approval is the board’s first step forward with the project in almost a year. The board began talking about the need for a new pavilion in 2014.
“I think we all feel this has been a long time coming,” ex officio Trustee Craig Brown said.
The park board will pay the New York-based firm $130,000 for planning the project, including the architectural drawings and renderings of the pavilion. A settlement from the 2011 Deepwater Horizon oil spill will pay for the contracting cost with Rogers Partners.
Sheryl Rozier, park board project manager, said the pavilion won’t be built for another three years.
“It is not going to be a speedy process,” Rozier said. “There are many, many steps involved in construction.”
Rozier said the board should have a tentative cost of building the pavilion by June of 2018 and that the source of that funding was undetermined.
Although no trustees voted against the contract, several voiced concern the board has no construction cost estimate.
“I’m glad to see this moving forward, but we do need to have a cost estimate,” Brown said.
Trustee Thayer Evans said he is wary to move forward with plans without knowing the source of funding.
“I have real concerns about how we’re going to build the actual facility,” Evans said. “I have fears that we’re spending $130,000 for something that could very well be antiquated by the time we actually do the work building.”
Officials determined the need for a new pavilion in 2014, after a beach report pinpointed the current pavilion’s aging infrastructure and high spending on maintenance.
The board has spent $219,639 in the past four years on repairs at the pavilion, Rozier said.
“The existing pavilion, it served its purpose well,” Rozier said. “It’s functioned well for over its lifespan. But its lifespan is becoming shorter and shorter.”