Cold temperatures haven’t slowed us down! The construction crew working on the new Fairbury Municipal Swimming Pool is continuing to make progress. About 80% of the pool basin has been placed and most of the buildings have their outside shells completed.
Get ready to see the most exciting elements take shape in the New Year! Diving boards will be installed. The current channel/water walk will be completed. However, the most thrilling feature is the three slides that will soon be raised!
Sealed bids for the construction of the Fairbury Pool will be received, by City of Fairbury, at the office of the 612 D Street, Fairbury, NE 68352, until 2:00 pm local time on May 10, 2018, at which time the bids received will be publicly opened and read. Bids shall be on a lump sum.
The Project consists of demolition of existing pool and bathhouse, constructing a new outdoor swimming pool and bathhouse, and installation of associated equipment.
Bids will be received for a single prime contract.
Larkin Aquatics reviewed the progress of the construction documents with the city staff. The generation of the documents are progressing at the anticipated pace. The projected completion of the documents is May 2018.
Stay up to date on the latest designs and news for the reconstruction of Fairbury’s municipal pool. Between now and the pool opening in 2019, the website will be a source of information for design and construction announcements from Larkin Aquatics and Alley Poyner Macchietto – the City of Fairbury partners who are bringing the new aquatic center to life!
The Fairbury City Council has approved the conceptual recommendation presented by the Pool Steering Committee! In addition, the City Council has authorized Larkin Aquatics to begin the process of creating the construction documents.
The anticipated completion of the construction documents is May 2018. After the completion of the construction documents, the project will be presented to potential contractors for pricing and bidding.
During Tuesday’s City Council Meeting, council members agreed to allow Fairbury Mayor Homer Ward to sign an agreement with Larkin Aquatics to move forward with the pool project. They were also informed that they received a grant totaling $375,000.
Kyle McCawley, Project Manager with Larkin Aquatics, explained that they have a plan to move forward with the pool project and to have the pool open for the regular season in 2019 after a 10 to 12 month construction term. The design agreement signed by Mayor Ward includes public engagement about the website, from hosting town hall meetings to developing a website to keep people up to date on the state of the project. The fee for the design and oversight of the project totals $217,000.
According to Fairbury City Administrator Collin Bielser, the $217,000 includes 20 construction site visits from Larkin Aquatics. Each additional visit would cost the city an additional $1,500.
McCawley stated that they are excited to begin this project to help the city get a new pool. He is looking forward to meeting with the public to discuss their needs for a new pool. He asked the council members to develop a project budget that will be used to develop the preliminary design of the pool. He hopes to present a preliminary design to the city council in October or November and plans put out a call for bids for the project in February or March of 2018. Councilman Roger Bailey asked McCawly if they will lose the pool for a season.
“It’s about a 10 month period,” said McCawley. “One advantage by the schedule that we laid out is the project will be out for pool contractors relatively early for pool contractors so they could start construction as soon as we’re ready to drain and demolish the existing pool. If that’s during the summer months, the bids tend to be more favorable because it’s a better time to construct. The sooner we can get it started in summer time or spring time, the better pricing and the better we would be on schedule to get it in the city’s hand well before memorial day of ‘19 so they can learn the systems.”
McCawley explained that the council can decide to wait on construction until the 2018 pool season ends, but that it would potentially drive up costs, though, he noted, it is common for cities to do.
During the meeting, Bielser announced that the city received a grant for $375,000 to help with the cost of the pool.
“The pool committee and the council is trying to be responsible with this project,” Bielser said. “The State of Nebraska Department of Economic Development does have a fund called the Civic and Community Center Financing Fund that can be used to construct and improve facilities like libraries and including pools. We did apply for, and we were successful at receiving the grant. We received the maximum amount available from the fund which was $375,000.”
The Fairbury City Council is required to use the grant funds within two years. They agreed unanimously to allow Mayor Ward to sign the grant agreement.
FAIRBURY – City Council has selected Larkin Aquatics out of Kansas City to design the new Fairbury pool, but no contract has been drawn up or signed yet. City Administrator Collin Bielser says that contract is the city’s next step, along with getting the public’s input on design ideas. Voters approved $5 million bond back in February, with the pool being the focus. Bielser says the bond issuance can also be used for improvements on the city’s parks, but it’s ultimately up to city council to make that decision. According to Bielser, the Aquatic Center will most likely open in the summer of 2019. Whether the current pool will be open during the summers in between, is not known at this time. Bielser says, “That’s yet to be determined. There’s some options that they will look at. Larkin has thrown in an option that construction could be started in the fall of 2018, the pool would maybe close a bit earlier, but then you could start the construction then. But that’s still kind of up in the air.”