Round Rock City Council approved a $5.7 million contract May 23 with Jacobs Engineering Group Inc. to begin the design work for phases 2, 3 and 4 of the Bob Bennett building, located near Luther Peterson Park.

The big picture

The complete project will be known as the Bob Bennett Complex and will house a new vehicle shop for the Round Rock Transportation Department and General Services Department. Additionally, the complex will include a new facility and building construction shop for the General Services, Utility and Environmental Engineering departments.

The contract also outlines plans to review and update the city’s master plan for the Bob Bennett property.

“We have asked Jacobs to put into their contract an update to the master planning. One of the things we've noticed is how fast our growth is and how we're expanding at such an alarming rate,” Director of Transportation Gary Hudder said.

The updated master plan will address the city’s needs beyond the originally outlined 2035 long-term goals, according to city documents.

The cost

The design work is being funded by the city’s General Self-Financed Construction fund; however, the entire Bob Bennett Complex project is estimated to cost $55 million, Hudder said.