City Commission to consider indoor aquatic center change order
During their Oct. 3 meeting, City Commissioners will consider a fifth change order for $13,753.20 for the indoor aquatic center.
This change order is for framing, electrical and finishing precast walls within the offices and child watch area, according to the staff report.
The change will be funded through the city’s fundraising campaign.
The new indoor aquatics and recreation center is 45,000 square feet of new construction, set to open in May 2024, 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.
The facility will replace the Natatorium, which was closed in 2018 and is scheduled for demolition this fall, and once opened, the city will close the current Community Recreation Center in the downtown area.
The city dubbed the facility Aim High Big Sky during the conceptual design phase while pursuing the DOD grant but has named it the Scheels Aim High Big Sky for 20 years for the store’s $1 million contribution to the project.
During their Sept. 5 meeting, City Commissioners approved a change order for the new facility.
It’s the fourth change order on the project, totaling $588,052.50
The change includes:
- adding a ridgefold gym divider: $2,973.59
- adding acoustic panels: $143,629.55
- adding tile work in pool areas: $2,055.01
- adding a kiddie frog slide: $47,754.12
- adding a splash pad: $393,828.35
- decreasing site and excavation work: $2,188.12
The changes will be funded through the city’s formal fundraising campaign for the facility.
In November 2021, commissioners awarded a $18.3 million contract to Swank Construction.
In March 2022, commissioners approved a change order that reduced the cost by $244,655 by changing materials. That change didn’t affect amenities, but changed materials used for a cost savings, according to staff.
In July 2022, commissioners approved the second change order for $91,029.58 to address plan review and permit fees and structural enhancements.
In June 2023, commissioners approved a change order for $116,680.25 to address structural enhancements and added more amenities.
Park and Recreation Director Steve Herrig told commissioners during a June 2023 commission meeting that staff would likely start formulating the fee structure in the fall, well ahead of the planned opening since they’ll want to start selling memberships beforehand. He told the park and rec board during their August meeting that the fees were still under review.
For more background on the new indoor aquatics and recreation center, read our previous coverage: