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Vol. 3, Issue 35


 

City Update on Capital Improvement Projects  

Capital improvement projects continue to progress throughout the city. Following are updates on the majority of projects: 

COASTAL RESOURCES BUILDING

The new Coastal Resources building is progressing with the roofing complete and exterior doors and windows installed. Interior work continues. The project is slated to be finished by mid October and is on schedule. 

The building is located near Sportsman Marina, south of the dog park on Canal Road East. Marina improvements next to the new building will eventually house Coastal Resources vessels as well as police and fire boats.

McCollough Architecture designed the building and the contractor is Phil Harris Construction, which won the contract with a low bid of $1.01 million. 

24/7 ADULT FITNESS CENTER 

On the Recreation Center campus, concrete is expected to be poured for the slab of the 24/7 Adult Fitness Center on Monday, August 31st, weather permitting.  

The new 17,400-square-foot adult fitness center will include a main open-space weight/cardio room (10,700 square feet of space), two group fitness rooms with a breakout wall (3,400 square feet total), and large locker rooms with saunas, showers and restrooms.

Davis Architects and McCollough Architecture designed the building. (Note: The Davis and McCollough design team was selected through a lengthy Request for Proposals process in 2018 for the purpose of maintaining a cohesive vision as the city undertook the massive project of reconfiguring, renovating, improving and making additions to the Orange Beach Recreation Complex.)

The contractor is Stuart Construction, which won the contract with a low bid of $2.96 million. 

The project is expected to be complete in early March 2021 and is on schedule. 

TENNIS COURTS AND DRAINAGE IMPROVEMENTS

Also on the Rec Center campus, the renovations on the eight tennis courts are progressing. The courts have been resurfaced and fencing is being installed on the north courts, with the south court fencing to follow. 

Two drainage ponds have been created and sod will be installed. Outfall construction has started. 

Both projects are slated to be complete by the end of September and are on schedule. Sawgrass Engineering and WAS Design handled the designs. Ammons & Blackmon is handling the drainage work and American Tennis has the courts. The combined low-bid contract is at $1.48 million. 

The tennis center project included the demolition of the existing courts and a complete rebuilding of all eight hard courts on the same footprint.

NEW PUBLIC WORKS BUILDING 

With the city's donation of the 40-acre property for the construction of the new Orange Beach High / Middle School and Performing Arts Center on Canal Road, the Public Works Department will be moving from William Silvers Parkway to a site off the Foley Beach Express, behind Columbia Southern University and Baldwin EMC. 

Roofing and wall panel installation is complete and concrete aprons have been poured. Interior framing and insulation installation is underway. Next steps will include installing overhead doors, windows and personnel doors. 

Public Works Director Tim Tucker is overseeing the value-engineered project. Sun Coast Building won the contract to build the structure with a low-bid of $1.18 million. The rest of the work such as electric and plumbing, were bid and awarded separately. Public Works crews are handling the interior build out. The project budget is $3 million. 

Designers included Sawgrass Engineering, Stewart Engineering & Construction and Industrial-Commercial Fire Protection. 

The project is expected to be complete before the end of December and is on schedule. 

This new public works facility brings all aspects of the department under one roof for the first time since the city was incorporated.

PERFORMING ARTS CENTER

With the new school now open, the contractor Sharpe Inc. has crews fully focused on the Performing Arts Center, which is adjacent to the school building. 

The project was made possible through a partnership between the Orange Beach City Council and the Baldwin County Board of Education. While the school will greatly benefit from the center, it will be a facility for the entire community. 

The 35,000-square-foot center will include a 710-seat main theatre, a black box theatre that can seat up to 175 for intimate performances, and a dance classroom. The total cost of the Performing Arts Center is $10.9 million with the county school system covering $1.41 million for the band and choir portion of the building with the overall city portion remaining under $10 million.

At present, metal stud framing is progressing inside, the slab was poured for the Black Box theater and dance room at the back of the building, and brick work continues. 

The building, designed by McKee & Associates, is expected to be complete in May 2021 and is on schedule. 

UTILITIES OFFICE

With the city’s donation of the 40 acres for the new school, the city’s utilities (sewer) department had to move out of its office building. 

The new office building is under construction at the sewer plant site, which is located southwest of the Sportsplex. The slab has been poured and masonry walls are complete. 

McCollough Architecture designed the building and the contractor is M. W. Rogers Construction Co., which won the contract with a low bid of $621,000. The project is scheduled to be complete in mid December. 

ATHLETIC FACILITIES

The expansion of one baseball field and one softball field at the Orange Beach Sportsplex (Field 2 and Field 3) for Orange Beach High School is expected to begin in early September. 

The baseball field will be upgraded to seat nearly 500 people and the softball field will be upgraded to seat over 400, among other improvements in the creation of these stadiums. 

Davis Architects and McCollough Architecture designed the project and E-J Builders won the low-bid contract, which is now at $2.41 million. 

The project is scheduled to be complete in mid January 2021. 

Also for Mako Athletics, the former utilities office building will be renovated to serve as a temporary field house. 

The renovation will include the addition of a workout room and locker rooms. The estimated city-funded construction cost is $400,000. 

The building is located on the southeast corner of the campus, near the back entrance to the school. 

This building is expected to help bridge the time between now and the construction of a new athletic training facility, with 50 yards of covered synthetic turf field, at the corner Canal Road and William Silvers Parkway on the school property in the near future.

(Information produced by Marc D. Anderson, with construction details provided by Nick Klarman, the city’s construction & facilities manager.) 

August 27, 2020:  Governor Ivey Issues Amended Safer at Home Order - extended to October 2, 2020

MONTGOMERY – Governor Kay Ivey on Thursday issued her seventeenth supplemental emergency proclamation containing an amended Safer at Home Order that includes a statewide mask requirement. Individuals will be required to wear a mask or other facial covering when in public and in close contact with other people, as described in the order. This amended order extends until Friday, October 2, 2020 at 5:00 p.m.

Amended Safer at Home Order

Safer at Home Info Sheet 1

Safer at Home Info Sheet 2

Safer at Home Info Sheet 3

Seventeenth Supplemental Emergency Proclamation

Resources for Businesses



For COVID-19 updates in Orange Beach, go to www.orangebeachal.gov/news/covid-19-updates.

Latest News
Council meeting Tuesday at Community Center

The Orange Beach City Council is scheduled to meet at 5 p.m. Tuesday, September 1st for its regular meeting, followed by the Committee of the Whole, at the Orange Beach Community Center. Council meetings for the remainder of the year, except for November 3rd, will be held at the Community Center in order to provide the public with more room for social distancing. The meeting will also be streamed live on the city's Facebook page at www.facebook.com/orangebeach. To view the council agendas, visit https://orangebeach.novusagenda.com/agendapublic

The Council will also meet for a special-called meeting at noon Tuesday, September 1st in the Council Chambers of City Hall to canvas the results of the August 25, 2020, General Municipal Election.
 

MUNICIPAL ELECTION RESULTS

To see the results from the August 25th Municipal Election, visit the City Website at www.orangebeachal.gov/departments/city-clerk/municipal-election-information.
 

LABOR DAY CLOSURE - SEPT. 7TH

In observance of Labor Day holiday, non-essential city offices will be closed on Monday, September 7th. Normal business operations will resume on Tuesday, September 8th.

SCHOOL NEWS

ORANGE BEACH HIGH SCHOOL



Making Mako History: Congratulations to the Orange Beach High School. Varsity Football Team and coaching staff on their first-ever win last week in their first game at the varsity level! They defeated J.F. Shields High School 35-20 at the Orange Beach Sportsplex. Go Makos! 

Next up is Fruitdale at 7 p.m. tonight at the Orange Beach Sportsplex. Find ticket information for OBHS varsity games at GoFan. 



 

ORANGE BEACH MIDDLE SCHOOL



For OBMS sports ticket information, go to the GoFan site. 
Next up: The volleyball team hosts Bay Minette at 5 p.m. Monday, August 31st. 
The football team hosts Elberta at 6 p.m. Tuesday, September 8th at the sportsplex. Go Makos! 

 

ORANGE BEACH ELEMENTARY SCHOOL

 

Find all of the latest school news on Facebook at: 

2020 Lifeguard of the Year

Congratulations to Robbie Bishop for earning the 2020 Lifeguard of the Year award.

It is an annual award voted on strictly by peers. Beach Safety Division Chief Brett Lesinger is shown congratulating Bishop. 

City of Orange Beach Hot Shop Glass Artist Kerry Parks designs the award each year.
See Parks' Instagram page to see how she made this year's award. 
REMINDERS

The City of Orange Beach’s Continuing Excellence program for adults has a full slate of free fall programs, events and activities lined up at the Orange Beach Recreation Center. Find all the details and registration information on the City Website: Fall 2020 programs announced for Continuing Excellence.


The Orange Beach Recreation Center’s Pickleball program starts back on Monday, August 31st - five days per week with six indoor courts. The program will run from 9 a.m. to noon Monday to Friday. Find more information on the Orange Beach Recreation Center's Facebook page.


The Orange Beach Community Potluck dinner for September has been canceled. The next one is scheduled for Monday, October 5th at the Community Center. 


2021 Wildlife Calendar

Orders are now being taken for the Orange Beach Wildlife Center's annual calendar that's full of photos from amateur photographers. Calendars are $20 each and sales help support the Wildlife Center. Order by the end of September to have it delivered by mid/late October. Click here to order 2021 Wildlife Calendar online.
CENSUS 2020  

Whether you’re a full-time resident or even a second homeowner, have you completed your 2020 Census for your property in Orange Beach? If not, take a few minutes and do this today!

For any second condo or homeowner on Alabama’s beaches, you may not know that a Census form submission is required for your vacation property. Submit one completed Census form for your primary residence, and on the second Census form for your beach area property, indicate that no one was living at the property as of April 1. 

Census forms must be completed by September 30, 2020. 
You can complete your Census online at MY2020CENSUS.GOV or take it by phone at 1-844-330-2020. Find more information at census.alabama.gov.
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