City staff has been given the go ahead to proceed with the next step in developing a new aquatic facility for Pembroke to replace the aging Kinsmen Pool.
On Jan. 19 Pembroke’s combined committee of council cleared the Operations Department to use the design-build method for development and construction of the facility and to proceed by hiring a firm to provide project management services.
While impossible to hang an exact price tag for project management services on a project of this scale at this time, according to Brian Lewis, Operations Department manager, the city can expect to pay between four and eight per cent of the total project cost. The new aquatic facility is being estimated to cost somewhere between $6 million and $11 million.
According to Lewis, project management services includes the coordination of all third party services like environmental and other regulatory items, due diligence studies, design, construction and contract administration. In addition, the firm hired could help with ratepayer engagement, fundraising ideas and coordination and provide assistance in determining an appropriate operating model for the facility.
Lewis noted the city procured and utilized project management services for both the new Ontario Provincial Police station and the new Pembroke fire station.
However, it was whether or not to go with the design-build method of project delivery or design-bid-build method, where not all council members agreed.
The design-build method sees design and construction services contracted by a single entity, the design-build firm . This is in contrast to the design-bid-build method, which is considered the more traditional project development method, and sees the developer, in this case the City of Pembroke, contract with separate entities for design and the various aspects of construction.
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