RDCK shortlists three firms for pool renovation project
The long, arduous task of renovating the Nelson and District Community Complex appears to be getting closer to the construction stage.
The Regional District of Central Kootenay issued a statement Thursday that the “expression of interest process for construction management services” is getting close to completion as three firms have been short-listed.
“All the construction management companies that expressed interest are very qualified and the short-listed firms have the most experience in aquatic centre projects,” said Joe Chirico, community services manager for the RDCK.
“Whoever we hire, our collective focus is ensuring that the aquatic centre continues to serve the community well for at least the next 30 years.”
The RDCK said the three firms would submit their construction management proposals by late June and the RDCK will select the successful firm in July.
The RDCK project management team would then work together on a new timeline with the pool remaining open through June and into July.
“I’m really pleased we’re close to hiring a construction management firm and getting the project underway,” said Ramona Faust, chair of the Nelson and District Recreation Commission.
“This new approach means we will ensure we maintain a fence around our existing budget and develop tenders, scope and timelines that meet the parameters of that budget.”
This new process was necessary after all tenders during the initial process in May came in well over budget.
The new approach allows various components of the project to be divided into discrete sub-projects within an approved budget.
The RDCK board approved a $4.92 million budget with borrowing not to exceed $4.5 million for all renovations, which will take about eight months to complete.
The RDCK project team will meet with the new construction management firm in early July to refine the scope of work, establish firm project schedules and develop detailed construction tenders for each element of the project.
Repairs to the aquatic centre will include new mechanical systems, electrical panels and equipment, a relocated lifeguard station, new sauna, pool decks, tiles and new water proofing membranes.