New Approach to Pool Reno Project

The Nelson and District Recreation Commission has approved and will recommend to the RDCK Board that the organization hire a construction manager to oversee multiple contracts to complete renovations to the Nelson and District Aquatic Centre. Staff will know the new project timeline in June once a construction manager has been hired. The pool is now expected to remain open through June and into July.

In April, the RDCK tendered the project using a design–bid–build process to sign a lump sum contract for the whole project, but rejected all bids for being over budget by at least $1.2 million.

“We know that the procurement process for a highly specialized project like this in a more remote location like Nelson can be challenging,” said Joe Chirico, community services manager for the RDCK. “Taking a construction management approach will allow the RDCK the most flexibility for any required changes as we progress through the project, and will promote an increase in bidding competition by including more qualified contractors in the tender process.”

In a construction management model, contracts are tendered one by one to qualified bidders, and the construction manager acts as a quasi-general contractor, managing timelines, budget, and ensuring work occurs in a logical sequence. This reduces the risk for bidders as they can choose to bid only on parts of the project that are within their area of expertise. It also allows smaller, local contractors to bid on a project that would be beyond their capacity in the full-scope model.

“The Commission remains committed to ensuring the best results and financial return for the community. We think this approach is the best way to ensure that the facility meets the needs of the community over the next 40 years,” said Ramona Faust, chair of the Nelson and District Recreation Commission.

The commission and 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.

Fixes 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

The RDCK will continue to provide regular project updates.

For more information:
Joe Chirico
General Manager of Community Services
Regional District of Central Kootenay
(250) 352-8158
jchirico@rdck.bc.ca

Stuart Horn
Chief Administrative Officer
Regional District of Central Kootenay
(250) 352-8152
shorn@rdck.bc.ca

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