Area contractors awarded work on Gaylord aquatic center


The new Gaylord Area Aquatic Center project is expected to be under budget.

Gaylord’s City Council, last week, awarded contractor bids for new aquatic center. Contracts for construction total $2,056,167.

Three area contractors were awarded portions of the project. Chard Tiling and Excavating of Belle Plaine was awarded the bids for demolition, excavation, and bituminous, totaling $199,091.

E. J. Pinske Builders of Gaylord was awarded the contract for the decks and fence, totaling $159,500.

Sibley Electric of Gaylord was awarded the electrical contract of $126,711. This bid included a voluntary donation by the firm.

Building construction totaling $355,500 was awarded to WEB Construction of Mankato.

Global Specialties of Eagan was awarded the construction of the pools for $1,080,610.

Feder Mechanical of Madelia was awarded bid for mechanical and plumbing for $134,755.

Dale Johnson, chairperson of the aquatic center task force, stated that 23 bids were received for the project. One bid was non-conforming.

The project will also include owner-direct purchases totaling $463,300, making the total construction costs at $2,519,467, which includes $85,000 contingency. The task force recommended including flume slides and drop slides immediately. The cost of the slides is $285,250. Other owner direct purchases will be owner-direct general conditions, State Health plan review, permits and inspections, fixtures, furniture and equipment, and landscaping.

Six items totaling $67,050 were recommended for community fundraising. These items include two rental shade structures for $12,000, climbing wall for $21,000, arch bar for $2,850, water dome for $3,850, tot slide for $7,850, and six 20 foot diameter shade structures for $19,500.

Professional fees for USAquatics and Signature Aquatics total $289,500.

The project cost, after subtracting the fundraising items and $5,048 forfeited bid security is $2,736,869, which is $58,131 less than the $2,795,000 available funds for the project.

In a related matter, the Council hired Braun Intertec to provide geotechnical services for the Aquatic Center Project. The firm provided a proposal of $20,943 for inspections and testing services related to the soil corrections work, concrete, masonry, and pavement work related to the aquatic center project. According to City Administrator Kevin McCann, the firm is planning to donate to the project by reducing fees for the project.

Doug Parrott, task force member, said that it was nice that the architects helped split up the projects and that local contractors can be part of it. He commented that it was a great committee to work with, with people with varying backgrounds working together. He thanked Council member Carl Wetzel for attending nearly all of the meetings, the community of Gaylord and the council for supporting the project, which will “bring great pride to the community.” “In June next year we will all have great pride making this happen.”