Cost for design work for Edmond Recreation and Aquatic Center may rise

Design work for the Edmond Recreation and Aquatic Center is expected to cost another $117,600. City council members will vote Monday on the proposed increase for the $22.5 million competitive swimming pool and recreation center.
by Diana Baldwin Published: May 12, 2012

Council members will consider Monday spending an additional $117,600 for design work for the Edmond Recreation and Aquatic Center.

That increases the price for the design work to $983,018.

The $22.5 million competitive swimming pool and recreation center, being built in J.L. Mitch Park, is a joint partnership between the city, Edmond Public Schools and the YMCA.

The partners are splitting $865,418 of the design cost done by Crafton Tull Sparks. The city and school district will share the $117,600 bill because it was work they requested.

The added design work was for geothermal support for the facility, additional locker room space for the schools and parking lots for the new building and park.

Because the bids came in higher than expected, Edmond Electric is paying $691,000 for the geothermal cooling and heating system. An additional $535,000 will come from the city's park tax to pay for parking lot improvements.

Groundbreaking for the project was May 1. Construction is expected to take 15 months.

School officials hope to be using the eight-lane, 50-meter swimming pool and seating for up to 800 spectators by September 2013.

The building will be owned by the city, but the YMCA will operate the center, and the school swim teams will use the competitive pool.

The unique partnership has the school district putting up $10 million for the construction. The YMCA is contributing $6 million, and the city is spending $6.5 million.

The city council meeting begins at 5:30 p.m. at 20 S Littler Ave.

by Diana Baldwin
Sr. Reporter
Diana Baldwin has been an Oklahoma journalist since 1976 and came to The Oklahoman in 1991. She covered the Oklahoma City bombing and covered the downfall of Oklahoma City police forensic chemist Joyce Gilchrist misidentifying evidence. She wrote...
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