Lead designer James Burnett is the first presenter. He is re-emphasizing just how rapid a timeline the city is following on the $30 million makeover of the Myriad Gardens.
The work is part of Project 180 – improvements throughout downtown funded by the Devon tower TIF.
Burnett noted design development and schematic design at the same time. And that, he says, might not be all that bad.
“We are hearing prices are very favorable right now,” Burnett said. “I think this speed up here may help us. I don’t know what it will be like in a year, but if you look at the markets, things are coming back. And we’ll be bidding this out in the next few months instead of a year or year and a half from now.”
Burnett’s team is pricing out various features. Some items were estimated too high, others too low. Right now, it appears the project may be over budget.