By Lethbridge Herald on February 2, 2015.
Phase 2 of the Crossings Leisure Complex is continuing to move ahead with todayâ€™s selection of a construction management firm for the project.
City council has approved a recommendation to award a $1.2-million contract for construction-management services for this project to the highest-evaluated and lowest-cost proponent, Stuart Olson Construction Ltd. of Calgary. The firm was one of five which submitted proposals for the contract.
â€œThe key benefit of a construction-management approach on a major project like this is that the construction manager works with engineers and architects during the design stage so that we end up with a better-designed facility thatâ€™s finished on time and within budget,â€ said Coun. Rob Miyashiro, chairman of the Crossings Leisure Complex Steering Committee, which is overseeing the project. â€œThe design team and the construction manager identify and troubleshoot issues ahead of time at the design stage, which helps avoid delays and added costs later during construction.â€
The construction manager (CM) will provide insight and advice to the design team during the pre-construction, design stage of the project on matters such as scheduling, constructability and cost estimation. During construction, the CM will oversee and co-ordinate all construction work in the manner of a general contractor and will tender out much of the work to various sub-trades. Phase 2 is to include an aquatic centre with a variety of play equipment and features. The estimated capital cost of Phase 2 is $109.55 million.
For a complete story on todayâ€™s decision, please see tomorrowâ€™s print edition of The Herald.