Freese and Nichols was selected by the City of Hickory to provide program management services for their $40 million bond program comprising greenways, complete streets, parks, gateways, streetscapes and urban trail projects. Phase 1 of this project began in early 2015 and consists of seven tasks.
Task 1 is a pre-engineering task that takes projects that have previously been identified to a planning level and identifies constraints such as topographic, easements, regulatory approvals and utility conflicts potential impacts to costs and schedules. This effort will further define each project’s scope of work, budget and schedule.
Task 2 of the program includes providing planning services to further define the typical section and vision for the Riverwalk project including creation of renderings and perspectives.
Task 3 includes development of project cost estimates and schedules; overall program schedules and resulting cash flow curves; and financial models.
Task 4 includes identification of supplemental funding opportunities for the program from grants or private partnering opportunities.
Task 5 includes identifying undeveloped or underutilized parcels along the City Walk project. It then includes a market analysis to identify better utilized land uses along with a corresponding potential site plan and utility service connections.
Task 6 includes evaluation of Program Management Information Systems (PMIS) for the City’s selection during management of future phases of the program.
Finally, Task 7 includes program coordination and management of the 42-person Bond Commission appointed by City Council along with the three Bond Commission Subcommittees.
Future phases of the program are expected to include scope tasks for Freese and Nichols to populate the PMIS with the project information developed during the first phase, consultant selection for design of the projects, grant application and management of grants awarded for the project, and design and construction management/oversight of the program.