LUCAN BIDDULPH – A project that will see major renovations at the Lucan Biddulph Community Memorial Centre has taken a big step forward with the awarding of the construction tender.
At its Jan. 18 meeting, Lucan Biddulph council awarded the tender for the renovation work to low bidder Tonda Construction Limited at a total cost of $9,057,741. (The figure includes HST, but municipalities receive a 100 per cent HST rebate on recreation projects.)
The municipality received six bids for the work ranging in price from the low Tonda bid to a high bid of just over $10.1 million (including HST). As parks and recreation manager Paul Smith explained in his report to council, Tonda also did the renovation on phase one of the arena project, which included the Lucan YMCA Child Care facility.
The municipality states on its website that phase two of the renovations will include a new enhanced accessible entrance on the east side of the community centre that will lead into a lobby and gathering area; elevator access to a new seating/viewing area; expansion of the south side dressing rooms; accessible dressing rooms that will be used as change rooms for the pool; an additional multi-purpose community hall with a dividing wall; improved and additional washrooms; and additional parking.
Plans are to move the tennis courts to Spencer Avenue Park.
Smith said in his report the total cost of the project, including engineering is $8,649,742 (excluding HST). As previously reported, the project will receive $5,525,375 from the federal and provincial governments through the Investing in Canada Infrastructure Program. The proposal for the rest of the funding is $1.5 million from building reserves, fundraising of $750,000 and the remainder through a long-term loan.
Deputy Mayor Dave Manders said the approval of the tender was great news. Regarding financing of the project, he said current interest rates are low and he wondered about the municipality getting a 25- or 30-year loan with two or three per cent interest rates instead of using up municipal reserves. Chief administrative officer Ron Reymer replied that treasurer Kathryn Langendyk will be talking to Infrastructure Ontario about financing options for the municipality.
Coun. Jaden Hodgins said it was great to see so many bids for the construction. He also pointed out that the bids were close in cost, indicating it was a competitive process.
“It’s a very exciting time,” Hodgins said.
Mayor Cathy Burghardt-Jesson said the costs of the project “came in a lot better than we were thinking it might. It really is a good news story during these times, and it is exciting to see it go forward.”
Smith said the intention is for construction meetings to start soon. The contract calls for construction to be done by mid-December 2022.
After council unanimously passed the motion to award the tender to Tonda, Burghardt-Jesson said, “I’ve been waiting for that motion for a long time.”
In other Lucan Biddulph recreation news, Smith said engineering work for the new soccer fields at the end of Campanale Way in Lucan is nearing completion.
“It’s looking good,” Smith said, adding he’ll be bringing the design to council before the project goes out to tender.