Task force to interview construction companies
By DIANE VANCE
Ledger staff writer
Fairfield’s pool and gym task force Facilities Committee will interview two construction firms Monday to recommend hiring a construction manager to oversee the design and construction of the proposed new gym facility planned adjacent to the Roosevelt Community Recreation Center.
The interview processes are open to the public at Fairfield Public Library.
Story Construction Company of Ames will interview from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. and Carl A. Nelson & Co. of Burlington will interview from 12:30-1:30 p.m. Monday.
Fairfield Park and Recreation Director Derik Wulfekuhle said each of the hour interviews will be 45 minutes of presentation by the construction companies and 15 minutes of question and answer time.
The task force recommended hiring a construction manager at a December Fairfield City Council meeting.
Benefits of a construction manager were outlined in the task force report to the council as:
• Lower cost due to value engineering; collaboration between an architect and a construction manager during the design phase can generate cost saving ideas up front and reduce change order costs down the road.
• Expectation that the construction timeline could be shortened.
• Enhances the ability for local contractors to participate in the project.
“We sent out requests for qualifications for a construction manager,” said Wulfekuhle.
Recent ideas discussed by the task force for the proposed new gym include elevating the walking/running track above the three floor courts planned.
“Considering safety, it was discussed that an elevated track would be a better fit, eliminating possible interaction of track users and court users,” said Wulfekuhle. “But it will depend on cost and whether there’s enough money.
“We also discussed having one, central admissions desk for the pool, Roosevelt center and the new gym, whereas now we have two separate desks for the center and the pool,” he said.
“But those types of issues, including connecting the Roosevelt center and the gym, are things the construction manager can decide. We need a construction manager to guide the design and figure out this type of issues,” said Wulfekuhle.
Fundraising is ongoing, and Wulfekuhle said the task force is approaching an April deadline for a 2014 use-date.
“It’s encouraging the county is talking about having a vote to contribute to the project,” he said. “Certainly county residents will use the facilities. And I know many county residents wanted to vote in November for the issue, but that was limited to Fairfield residents.”
Monday, Jefferson County Board of Supervisors discussed having a ballot in the fall for county residents in unincorporated areas to approve $500,000 for the new pool and gym project.
“Everyone wants to have an outdoor pool again by the 2014 season, but we still need more funding,” he said. “If we get to April and don’t have enough money, that puts the project further away and on a whole new timeline.”
Burbach Aquatics Inc. Architects & Engineers of Platteville, Wis., will be in Fairfield in the near future to do a site evaluation at O.B. Nelson Park for the proposed new pool, added Wulfekuhle.