Bids Rejected for Nelson Aquatic Centre Renos

The RDCK has rejected all bids for renovating the Nelson and District Aquatic Centre, the Regional District of Central Kootenay said today, meaning that the centre will not close on May 1st, as previously announced.

"Although this tender process did not produce a bid that was within budget it is important that taxpayers receive value for money and that the facility meets the needs of the community over the next 40 years," said Joe Chirico, Community Services Manager for the RDCK.

"This is why a tender process occurs. You want to hear what the market has to say and sometimes that’s something different than what you wanted or expected."

Before going to tender, the RDCK consulted with an external design team and a quantity surveyor to estimate the cost of the project. The commission and RDCK board approved a $4.92 million budget with borrowing not to exceed $4.5 million for all renovations. The two qualifying bids received were over budget by at least $1.2 million.

Factors in higher bids can include project complexity, perceived level of risk, the one-of-kind nature of a project, and remoteness of location compared to other commercial construction projects out for tender. The NDCC Aquatic Centre Renewal Project includes all these factors.

Renovations had been scheduled to begin May 1 and take about eight months to complete. To establish a new project timeline and tender process, RDCK staff will further review the two tenders it received, meet with the project design team over the next three weeks and report back to the Recreation Commission on April 27.

"The Commission is committed to the project. We also know everything in the scope of the project is necessary, and we will do what it takes to ensure we have good value for our investment," said Nelson and District recreation commission chair Ramona Faust.

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. Renovations will extend the life of the facility by at least another 40 years.

The RDCK will continue to provide regular updates over the coming weeks.

Click here for NDCC Aquatic Centre Renewal - Tender Process FAQ

For more information:
Stuart Horn
Chief Administrative Officer
Regional District of Central Kootenay
(250) 352-8152

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