Sarasota News Leader

09/20/2013

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REOPENING AN OLD WOUND Luke Wood Park stored stacks of construction material while the Lift Station 87 project was on hold last year. Photo by Norman Schimmel THE NEW PROJECT ENGINEERING FIRM HOLDS ITS FIRST OPEN MEETING AS THE CITY OF SARASOTA TRIES ONCE MORE TO COMPLETE LIFT STATION 87 By Stan Zimmerman City Editor Construction crews are coming back to Avondale and Luke Wood Park, as work begins anew on Lift Station 87. In some ways, it is all starting from scratch. Robert Garland is the McKim & Creed, the new engineering firm taking over where the failed contractor stopped. On Wednesday evening, Sept. 18, he introduced his team to City of Sarasota utility officials and began to outline his plan. "This is Phase One of a two-phase project," said Garland. "We will review the existing plans and information. There's going to be a lot of activity at one time, a lot of overlapping tasks." project manager for The first phase is set to end Dec. 13 with distribution of a report containing four techThe current design used a micro- nical manuals on how to move forward. tunnel under Hudson Bayou. We'll look at that, may look at going deeper. We'll also look at horizontal directional drilling. Robert Garland Project Manager McKim & Creed He comes to the project fresh: "McKim has not had any responsibility for anything that has been done and built in the past."

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