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City turns to pro for center's decor
RRM Design Group of Oakdale came up with the design of the new Ceres Community Center. And RRM Design Group is also going to design the interior of the building as well.

The Oakdale firm was tapped Monday by the Ceres City Council to come up with interior decorating schemes. The addition to the contract pushes the cost up by as much as $86,642.

The city desires the design to be completed as contractor J.L. Bray works toward a March, 2008 opening. The contract will assist the city in determining floor coverings, paint colors and finishes - things which are tied to construction - as well as furniture styles, fabrics and finishes. The city estimates furniture will cost approximately $450,000.

A total of 17 rooms are included in the center's design. They include large and small assembly rooms, computer room, senior citizens room, teen room, arts and crafts room, recreation/fitness room, and conference rooms.

Bray is working on the 26,500 square foot structure through a $6,845,000 construction contract.

Hiring RRM Design Group positions the city to purchase equipment at a substantial savings, noted City Attorney Mike Lyions. RRM Design Group's subcontractor, Western Contract Furnishers, can purchase furniture and furnishings through an agency that offers the best government rates. Lyions said that the city can expect savings of between 35 percent and 55 percent if furniture if bought through the California Multiple Awards Schedule program.

Doug Lemcke, who's spent years as director of Parks, Recreation and Facilities working on the center, says the two-story center will be a key community focal point where large crowd can gather for speakers and plays, where seniors can play cards, where teens can host activities, and where the public can learn arts and engage in recreation.