By February 2015, only a few finishing touches should remain left to be done at San Jacinto Plaza, the City of El Paso’s project managers and contractors told El Paso City Council during a public briefing on Tuesday.
“Residents and businesses are ready to see the rebirth of the signature space in Downtown El Paso,” said Project Manager Rick Venegas. “The contractor has reassured us that this project will be delivered to El Pasoans on the timeline we promised.”
Work is being completed by Basic IDIQ.
During the briefing, project managers noted that the first of 40,000 custom pavers has gone down, metal framing of the full service café has begun to go up, and extensive subterranean work – including the placement of miles of wire and conduit – has been completed.
More importantly, project managers briefed council on what work has yet to be done between now and completion, including work on the splash pad, huacha court, and installation of trees and shrubs which will be timed to coincide with the weather. Project managers also told Council that construction at the plaza was delayed a few days in September by heavy rains from the remnants of Hurricane Odile.
The project will be largely completed by the end of January 2015; under the contract authorized by City Council in January 2014, contractors would then have the month of February to complete any minor items and put finishing touches in place.
Work will include a 50-square-foot shade structure to protect Luis Jimenez’ Los Lagartos sculpture which is presently being restored in Ohio, a reflecting pool, an interactive water feature or “splash pad,” benches, sidewalks, landscaping, irrigation, and construction of a full service café.
The 54-foot Afghan pine which was long-served as the focal point of the city’s Celebration of Lights will remain in the plaza. The City’s Parks and Recreation Department announced in 2013 that that the holiday lights celebration will take place in Cleveland Park Square while construction continues.