It won’t be long.
Patrons of the Rising Star Park in Platte City, which is home to the city-operated splash pad, have noticed the lack of an indoor restroom facility at the park, which is located at the site of the former Rising Star Elementary School on Second Street in Platte City.
Portable restrooms are on site.
But that will change by the time the park opens for a new season next spring.
The Platte City Board of Aldermen recently approved the purchase, delivery and installation of a pre-constructed bathroom building. The Cortez model building will come at a cost of $97,800.
The city had budgeted up to $100,000 for the project, so the agreement with CXT, Inc., an LB Foster Company, will come in under budget.
“The bathroom has a 180-210 day lead time window from yesterday’s order date to final installation,” DJ Gehrt, city administrator, told The Landmark on Friday, Aug. 26.
City documents indicate the Cortez model building is a standard gable pitched roof design constructed of pre-cast concrete. The building is designed to be unloaded from the delivery vehicle and connected directly to pre-installed water, wastewater and utility fittings.
Two ADA-compliant unisex restrooms in the building will have ceramic commodes and stalls.
A maintenance/storage room is located between the two restrooms and is accessed from the rear of the building. In addition to the base building, the options selected by the city are a standing seam metal roof, transom panels on each side, and split face rock paneling that lines the lower parts of the walls.
According to city documents, the primary reason staff recommended the precast structure compared to conventional on-site construction is largely due to the high cost of constructing a unique design and the difficulty in developing cost estimates and identifying contractors for an affordable stick built structure.
The contract amount includes costs to construct, deliver, and unload and install. City officials say the city has already stubbed water, wastewater and electric service to the bathroom site.
“Depending on the building’s orientation on the ground, it may be necessary to cut, fill or realign one or more segments of concrete sidewalk around the building site. If needed, this work will be performed by city crews and has an estimated material cost of $1,500,” Gehrt said.
Recently the city approved the purchase of a zipline to be installed at the splash park. The project is expected to be completed by mid-November.
The zipline is intended for ages 5-12, according to the city.