EL PASO, Texas - El Paso City Council on Tuesday approved contracts with businesses for several 2012 Quality of Life Bond election projects.
TouchCity Digital Wall
City Council approved a contract with The Gibson Group of Wellington, New Zealand, to begin development of a TouchCity digital wall that will be placed on the outside of the El Paso Museum of History in Downtown. The wall will be 36-feet-5-feet and is expected to be completed by the end of this year.
"The TouchCity digital wall is a world-class amenity which is already in place in Copenhagen, Denmark, and will soon expand to Cairo, Oslo, Glasgow, and – with this action – El Paso," said Julia Bussinger, director of the El Paso Museum of History. "The wall will allow users to interact with crowd-sourced images, stories, and audio in a curated worldwide conversation. El Paso will be the first in the U.S. to have this kind of innovative technology used at such a large scale."
The total budget for the project is $3 million and includes the development of two smaller kiosks and one mobile wall which will be located at rotating sites around the city.
Eastside Regional Park
ECM International Inc., of El Paso, was awarded a contract valued at $1.9 million to oversee design, bidding, and construction of a new 90-acre, $48 million park in Far East El Paso. The Eastside Regional Park will be located near Montana Avenue and Hueco Club Road and include a recreational pool, competitive aquatics facility, and a municipal recreation center.
ECM will spend the next 18 months gathering community input, managing the design process, and preparing construction documents for bidding.
City officials say construction of the first facility at Eastside Regional Park is anticipated to be the lighted flat field and ball fields.
Eastside Sports Complex
City Council approved using the "design-build" method for the $10 million Eastside Sports Complex.
City officials will select a single team that will be selected to be responsible for planning and building the project. The design-build method
It will include up to eight soccer/football fields, a championship field to accommodate 500 spectators, concession stands, a playground facility, picnic shelters, gazeboes, and restroom facilities.
City Council awarded a contract to Musco Sports Lighting, LLC, of Muscatine, Iowa, to add sports field lighting at Blackie Chesher Park that must use significantly less energy and produce less light pollution than existing lights.
The project will cost $587,900.
About the 2012 Quality of Life Bonds
In 2012, El Paso voters approved $470 million worth of improvements to parks, libraries, museums, the zoo, and downtown. Construction of the projects is managed by the City of El Paso's Engineering and Construction Management Department. Design and construction schedules are set in accordance with a three-year plan approved by El Paso City Council in February 2013. Visit BuildingTomorrowTogether.com to learn more.