Two years after a location was chosen, the planned construction of an $8.5 million community centre in Kingston East is entering a crucial phase.
Councillors have just selected an award-winning architectural firm, at a cost of $465,000, to design the community hub that will be located in Grenadier Park just north of LaSalle Secondary School off Highway 15. The facility will cater to youth, seniors and families.
The 20,000 sq. ft community centre is expected to feature amenities such as indoor and outdoor recreational facilities, class and conference rooms, and on-site daycare.
+VG Architects was awarded the contract to provide architectural and engineering design, production of working drawings and specifications, assistance in procuring construction services, site review and contract administration during the actual construction.
The Toronto-based architect was chosen even though it was not the lowest price among a highly competitive bidding process that attracted 13 firms.
Stile Architects was the lowest bid, at $392,000, although city staff deemed its proposal as “incomplete.”
Instead, staff recommended +VG Architects based on its submission of having the best combination of price, experience and methodology. “Their creative approach and experience were evident in their proposal, and further demonstrated in their meeting with staff,” according to a report by community services commissioner Lanie Hurdle.
In addition to a new community centre, the city is also making improvements to Grenadier Park.
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