Town se­lects con­trac­tor for pool ren­o­va­tion

The Drumheller Mail - - AROUND TOWN - O.R. Sheddy

Drumheller Town Coun­cil has se­lected the con­trac­tor to ren­o­vate the Aquaplex and in­stall a new grad­ual en­try pool liner.

At Mon­day night’s town coun­cil meet­ing, Coun­cil se­lected Pearl Rose Con­struc­tion from Red Deer to com­plete the work.

The project in­cludes the mod­i­fi­ca­tion of the ex­ist­ing liner, in­stal­la­tion of a new liner and hot tub, up­grades to the me­chan­i­cal, elec­tri­cal and ar­chi­tec­tural com­po­nents within the Aquaplex. The con­trac­tors came in with the low bid of $1,475,000.

“The project is ex­pected to be­gin in May and should com­pleted by the end of Septem­ber,” said Deputy Mayor Pa­trick Ko­lafa.

The orig­i­nal project was ten­dered last fall, how­ever, at the Oc­to­ber 31, 2016 meet­ing, Coun­cil re­jected all ten­ders as they had come in over the ex­pected bud­get.

This time around there was a more com­pet­i­tive field with eight com­pa­nies bid­ding on the project. Pearl Rose Con­struc­tion’s bid came in at about 5 per cent less than the cur­rent pre-ten­der es­ti­mate and has a sav­ings of $217,345 when com­pared to the best bid last fall. The project is still val­ued more than the ini­tial es­ti­mate. “By go­ing back to re­con­fig­ure and re-ten­der, demon­strates we did do our due dili­gence in mak­ing sure we were able to get the best price. The more com­pet­i­tive bid­ding process as­sured this,” said Ko­lafa, adding that the bulk of the funds are car­ried over from the 2016 cap­i­tal bud­get. He is look­ing for­ward to the new ren­o­va­tions. “The new liner will re­duce main­te­nance and gain ef­fi­cien­cies, while at the same time pro­vide a new and bet­ter ex­pe­ri­ence for pool users. The grad­ual en­try will be suit­able for young younger fam­i­lies and pro­vide greater ac­ces­si­bil­ity.

The out­door pool will re­main fully op­er­a­tional dur­ing the con­struc­tion.

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