City councillor Shad Qadri provided the following update on the Goulbourn Rec Centre pool repairs in his weekly newsletter this week.
The pool was shut down in October 2013 after workers found mould, leaks and rust in the structure. At the end of August, the completion date was targeted for late May 2015, but that date has now been pushed back another month.
Funding was approved and in an effort to ensure obtaining qualified and experienced contractors, a Request for Pre-Qualification (RFQ) for General Contractors was issued on the week on July 22nd. Evaluation of the proposals occurred in early August. Any proposal that achieved a minimum 70% score was invited to submit a bid. Four Firms were selected to be invited to submit tenders.
Tender Schedule: Contract documents were completed by mid August 2014. The Project was tendered to the four pre-qualified bidders on Thursday August 28th 2014 with the close of tender on September 24th. The lowest responsive bidder was Ruiter Construction. The construction costs, together with project soft costs, was over budget, leading to value engineering reductions with the low bidder during the 2 week period following tender close. The construction contract was awarded in early October on budget.
The project kick off meeting was held October 8th, 2014. Ruiter Construction has mobilized on site and are currently preparing shop drawings, schedule, ordering materials, issuing sub-contractor purchase orders, etc. Construction work on site started Monday October 20th, 2014.
After the kick off meeting, the pool basin was filled and pool systems were started up to confirm that all systems were operating properly. The onus is now on the contractor to return these systems in good working order at the completion of the project.
The revised contractual Substantial Completion date is June 26th, 2015. The critical path of the work is the new exterior curtain wall system – shop drawings, ordering, demolition (of old), installation (of new). The City is working with the contractor to advance that completion date without compromising quality or cost of the project.
(An earlier version of this article stated that the pool originally closed in December 2013 for repairs. It in fact closed in October 2013.)