Granby contractor will build Fraser recreation and sports center
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The Fraser Valley Metropolitan Recreation District Board of Directors awarded Big Valley Construction LLC of Granby a contract to build the $14.88 million recreation center on Thursday.
The firm also was hired a day before to build the $3.07 million Clubhouse at Pole Creek Golf Course. Between the two projects, Big Valley will construct about 85 percent of the district’s projects that are being funded through the bond issue voters passed last November.
The five projects that were originally going to cost $19.5 million are now expected to cost $21.15 million.
“I think this (project) needs to be kept on budget,” Marcia M. Beake, a Winter Park resident for 20 years, said during the special meeting. “The best thing this board can do is (be) responsible to keep this project on budget.
“It already went up a million,” she said.
Board President Jim Fox said that’s why they hired professionals.
“We expect them to give us that type of guidance,” he said.
If the board is “fiscally responsible,” the community will support the recreation center, which she could benefit all age groups, Beake said.
The recreation center project increased in cost from $13.68 million to $14.88 million; the $2.28 million clubhouse at Pole Creek is now $3.07 million; the irrigation at Pole Creek was $1.55 million, now $1.64 million; the $410,334 sports complex is now $432,674; and the $1.06 million water and sanitation project at the sports complex is now $1.12 million, documents show.
Scott Brown of ARC Integrated Program Management Inc. of Boulder, was hired to direct three of the projects: the clubhouse, recreation and sports complex.
The district’s additional $596,000 in funds, and an estimated $1 million from bond proceeds and interest income, will balance the projects, Brown said.
Landscape Unlimited will install the golf course irrigation system for $1.3 million, said Larry Burks, general manager of Pole Creek. The price includes materials cost.
The sooner the project is started, the less expensive it will be, Brown said.
“My goal is to get this started at least by Aug. 1,” he said. “There’s a lot of stuff that has to happen between now and that potential start date.”
The recreation center’s property, adjacent to U.S. 40 was donated by Grand Park.
That’s about a $4 million to $5 million gift, Fox said.
The land is being positioned so a future hotel could sit next to it or connect to the recreation building. This would bring in more revenues, officials said.
The four-sided 48,000-square-foot building has two levels. It will include a gymnasium, basketball courts, gymnastics area, recreation district offices, a climbing wall, four-lane lap pool, additional pool, slides and a sauna.
“Right now you have kind of the “Cadillac” of pool systems,” Brown said.
To handle both projects, the clubhouse and recreation facility, Big Valley Construction owner Troy Neiberger said he will hire additional staff, including a full-time manager for the clubhouse.
“Human beings can only work so many hours,” he said.
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