LiRo Engineers to oversee Playland renovations

By Bill Heltzel

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LiRo Engineers Inc. will lead a consortium that will oversee design services at Playland amusement park in Rye, for nearly $5 million.

The county park – opened in 1928 and listed on the National Register of Historic Places – is undergoing a $62 million makeover.

Requests for proposals were sent to nine engineering and design firms in May. Three responded, and in July the Westchester County Professional Selection Board chose LiRo, based in Syosset, Long Island, for a $4,949,131. The county board of legislators approved the contract on Aug. 4.

The deal is part of the county’s public-private partnership with Standard Amusements LLC of Manhattan. The county has committed to spending $32 million on renovating infrastructure, rides, games, concessions and the shoreline over the next few years.

Standard has agreed to spend $30 million on new rides and attractions, restaurants, picnic areas, buildings and grounds. It will run the park for 30 years.

The LiRo contract has three major elements. Design services will cover tasks such as preparing specifications and construction estimates, so that the county can award construction contracts.

Construction administration includes on-site monitoring to coordinate contractors and ensure contract compliance.

Program management includes review of all design documents submitted by Standard Amusements and coordinating all construction projects.

LiRo will use five subcontractors.

CTA Architects PC, Manhattan, will work on architectural design and historic preservation.

Historical Perspectives Inc., Westport, CT, will provide archeological services.

KM Associates of New York, based in Manhattan, will work on permits.

Savin Engineers PC, Pleasantville, will work on designs for electrical and structural engineering, as well as administration and program management.

YU & Associates Engineers PC, Elmwood Park, NJ, will do geotechnical engineering.

Savin Engineers and YU & Associates are registered minority-owned businesses. Historical Perspectives is as woman-owned business.


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Bill Heltzel
Bill Heltzel has covered criminal justice, courts, government and sports – as a beat reporter and investigative reporter – for daily newspapers in Florida, Indiana, Ohio, and Pennsylvania. He worked for Bloomberg LP in training and sales. He joined The Business Journal in 2016.