RDCK Hires Firm to Manage Pool Renos

The RDCK will enter into a contract with Unitech Construction Management Ltd. to manage all construction services related to Nelson and District Community Complex upgrades, the RDCK announced today.

Three short-listed construction management firms submitted proposals in June and the RDCK’s project evaluation committee interviewed each proponent on July 7. Unitech scored highest in the combined categories of experience, skill and price. On July 16th, the RDCK board approved hiring the Delta-based company.

"Our evaluation committee and the RDCK Board unanimously endorsed the selection of Unitech Construction Management Ltd.," said Joe Chirico, General Manager of Community Services and one of five members on the RDCK evaluation committee. "This company has plenty of experience managing complex aquatic centre projects and we’re all keen to get to work with them right away."

Unitech’s first task is to complete a value engineering process. In this process, each aspect of the project is examined in detail to develop strategies to complete all work in the most cost effective manner possible, and to develop a project schedule to accomplish this.

Once the value engineering process is completed, the Nelson and District Recreation Commission will review results and announce a new project schedule. Unitech will then hire construction trades to complete each distinct aspect of the project and renovations will be underway.

The pool will remain open for July and into August.

"We’re another crucial step closer to swimming in a better pool," said Ramona Faust, chair of the Nelson and District Recreation Commission. "This step might well be the most important one in the project because it means we’ve hired an experienced and skilled group of construction managers who will refine the project and track and report on every dollar spent so the RDCK can deliver an affordable, improved facility to our community to enjoy for many years to come."

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.

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 will continue to provide regular project updates. Click here for 2015 NDCC Aquatic Centre Renewal Project FAQ.


For more information:
Joe Chirico

General Manager of Community Services

Regional District of Central Kootenay




Stuart Horn

Chief Administrative Officer

Regional District of Central Kootenay




The content on this page was last updated July 17 2015 at 2:53 PM