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Estimated cost of park restroom $226K

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Architect Dave Kinel of Gerometta & Kinel has designed a robust, durable, attractive, and functional public restroom facility for Thomas Centennial Park.

The plans are currently being reviewed by the State Building Commissioner’s Office and should be approved within a few weeks.

The next step: going out for bid.

Total estimated cost: $226,200.

At the Chesterton Town Council’s meeting Monday night, Kinel gave a detailed presentation on the 50-year building, which will be sited to the rear of the bandstand and to the west, near the back fence of the park.

Features of the restroom:

* Three toilets in the women’s room. One toilet in the men’s room plus two urinals.

* ADA compliant.

* Anti-graffiti coating inside and out, the same used by the City of Chicago.

* A high ceiling, 9’ 4’’ in height, with recessed lighting.

* Opaque glass windows in the men’s room and women’s room to allow natural light to enter.

* An automatic timed electronic locking mechanism, which will unlock and lock the doors at preset times. The mechanism includes a fail-safe device under which persons inside the building can exit a locked door simply by pushing it.

* An in-slab heating system for the floor, to heat the building sufficiently in the winter to keep the pipes from freezing. Kinel said that he expects the facility will be closed after Christmas.

“We’ve made it as vandalism resistant, maintenance free, and user friendly as possible,” Kinel said.

He added that the estimated cost of $226,200 “sounds like a lot, and it is, but in this day you get what you pay for.”

Kinel did offer a variety of color finishes but recommended his preference for one which matches the look of the old New York Central passenger depot to the west of the park, where the Chesterton/Duneland Chamber of Commerce currently has its offices.

Kinel said that construction of the facility should take around three months.

The council did flirt last year with the idea of a trailer-mounted restroom facility--low quote for one: $48,945--but abandoned the idea after some residents objected.

Until Monday, members had expected to pay between $150,000 and $175,000 for a brick-and-mortar restroom facility.






Posted 5/14/2013