City approves contract changes for indoor aquatics center
Commissioners voted 4-1 during their July 5 meeting to approve a $91,029.58 change order for the indoor new aquatics and recreation center under construction in Lions Park.
It’s the second change order to the $18 million contract and includes:
- plan review fee, city’s responsibility: $45,516.32
- permit review, civil changes: $10,069
- structural and plumbing revisions per city plan review: $16,010.29
- architectural, plumbing and mechanical changes per city request: ($2,247.05)
- steel joist changes at gym: $1,837.15
- increase second floor beam size: $8,548.64
- replace 659 cubic yards of structural fill with three-quarter inch washed gravel under the pools: $11,295.23
Plan review fees are set by the commission and are based on project valuations for any commercial development. The city is subject to the same fees for its projects as private developers.
According to city staff, the contractor paid those fees, but they are the city’s responsibility, so the city will reimburse the contractor.
There was no public comment on the changes during the meeting and Commissioner Rick Tryon voted against the change.
In November 2021, commissioners awarded a $18.3 million contract to Swank Construction.
In March, commissioners approved a change order that reduced the cost by $244,655 by changing materials.
The new indoor aquatics and recreations center is 45,000 square feet of new construction that will include a recreation pool, lap pool, gym, fitness center, walking track, multipurpose room, party room, locker rooms, restrooms, child watch area, lobby, offices, storage and mechanical rooms at 900 29th St. S. in a potion of Lions Park.
The city received a $10 million grant from the U.S. Department of Defense for the project that was identified in the 2016 Park and Recreation Master Plan. The city will match that with $10 million through the sale of bonds by the park district.
Commissioners also approved a $56,450 amendment to the design agreement with LPW Architecture/TD&H Engineering for the project.
The amendment includes:
- civil stormwater redesign: $7,000
- compaction testing, up to 50 trips: $15,000
- concrete testing, up to 50 tests $15,000
- asphalt laboratory testing $2,000
- asphalt field compaction testing: $6,000
- asphalt mix verification and cores $5,000
- 15 percent contingency $6,450
Services will be billed on a time-and-materials basis so that the city receives any potential savings associated with efficiencies during construction that don’t require as much testing as assumed, according to the staff report.
After the project was bid, the design team, contractor and city changed some items to lower the cost, including redesigning the stormwater drainage and treatment portion. That saved about $40,000 and was credited to the first change order that lowered the costs. This change order covers TD&H’s extra design services to make the changes to the drawings, according to staff.
TD&H’s original project design fees included testing materials in the building but not the site work. Initially, it was planned that those fees would be the contractor’s responsibility, but during bidding “it was decided that it would be best to keep testing as part of the owner’s responsibility to avoid any conflict of interest,” according to the staff report.
For more background on the new indoor aquatics and recreation center, read our previous coverage: