Longview animal shelter designer shares proposed timeline

Longview animal shelter designer shares proposed timeline

POSTED: Tuesday, August 27, 2013 - 11:00am

UPDATED: Tuesday, August 27, 2013 - 11:14am

Larry Connolly, who has been tasked with designing the city’s new animal shelter, presented a rough timeline for the design Thursday when his contract was approved by the Longview City Council for the project.

The timeline included the design and cost estimate beginning as early as late September and public meetings held in September and October.

“I am assuming arrangements can be made for the meetings and for it to be an inclusive process,” said Connolly, the face of Austin-based Connolly Architects and Consultants. “It’s sequential. I can just go so far, and then I need to confirm. I need to make sure it works for the city, and then I need to make sure it works with the other stake holders.”

While the proposed schedule will need to be adjusted — it called for public meetings on the shelter as early as late August — Connolly said a design and cost estimate should be able to be presented to the Longview City Council by November and that preliminary conceptual design and determining a cost estimate should likely begin in September or early October.

“I can draw faster than they can decide,” said Connolly, quoting one of his oft-used sayings. “But that is really a euphemism for setting up a meeting ... I don’t want to commit to a time until I am actually ready to go, and they need to see it and they need to sign off on it.”

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