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TRAC building size could be reduced over costs

The planning phase of the Two Rivers Activity Center is taking longer than anticipated and may result in a smaller building as officials attempt to control costs, according to Doug Hogan, director of the Jamestown Parks and Recreation Department....

The planning phase of the Two Rivers Activity Center is taking longer than anticipated and may result in a smaller building as officials attempt to control costs, according to Doug Hogan, director of the Jamestown Parks and Recreation Department.
The voters approved a $28.6 million bond issue in June to be repaid by a 1 percent sales tax in Jamestown, which begins on Jan. 1. After bond issuance costs, Jamestown Parks and Recreation will have about $28.1 million to cover the cost of land acquisition and the construction of phase 1 of the building. A private fundraising campaign is underway for phase 2 of the project.
The process is currently in the schematic design phase. This is one of the early steps where a general design of the structure is planned. This phase was anticipated to be completed by Oct. 31 in the original planning and construction timeline for the project.
During the schematic design phase, the architect prepares plans and cost estimates for the project. These are then reviewed by McGough Construction, the contract manager at risk for the project, who solicits price quotes from subcontractors for various parts of the project.
During the first review of the costs, the estimates from McGough Construction exceeded the architect’s estimates by $8 million and were more than the available funding for the project, Hogan said. Those cost differences have been reduced by design changes, but the process is not complete.
“Nothing major,” Hogan said, describing the changes. “The new plan calls for some stuff moved to the upper level and it squares up some of the corners. There are less angles.”
The design change would move portions of the cardio exercise area to the mezzanine level of the building and change the design to a more rectangular or square appearance.
“No changes affect the function at this point,” Hogan said. “No major changes, but we do have to get the cost down.”
The changes will affect the overall size of the building, which was listed at 172,000 square feet in information presented to the voters prior to the June special election. The planning process is still continuing and the revised size of the building has not been finally determined.
The intent of the planning process is to reduce the footprint of the building without eliminating any programs.
Hogan said work continues with the architects and the contractor. Once the schematic design is complete and the contractor estimates it can be built within the cost limits of the project, the design will move toward more detailed plans, which will result in more precise cost estimates.
The bidding process for contractors for the project is still scheduled for late January or early February.
“We’re still realistically looking at construction starting next spring,” Hogan said.
knorman@jamestownsun.com (701) 952-8452

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