Sam Ketcham Pool Project

Sam Ketcham Pool Referendum
UPDATE - SEPTEMBER 2, 2015

The West Fraser Aquatic Centre project continues to roll along on schedule.

In early August a public open house along with some targeted stakeholder group meetings were held to introduce the first set of working drawings developed from the original concept plans.  Vic Davies Architecture (VDA), along with the project managers, City and CRD staff, and elected officials from the CRD and City were in attendance at all of the meetings to answer questions and hear feedback and suggestions.  Attendance at all input opportunities was strong and a tremendous amount of input was received.  Overall, the response to the working drawings was overwhelmingly positive and well received.  The current drawings are posted on-line at the City and CRD websites along with the project Facebook page, and in the CMRC lobby itself.

Based on all of the feedback received VDA will now go back and alter the working drawing to include many of the elements suggested for further review by the Pool Working Group.  At the same time work around the building itself has commenced with site surveying and geotechnical studies occurring over the next few weeks.

At this time the project is on time and all is progressing well for a targeted construction beginning date of Spring 2016, and an completion date of Fall 2017.

UPDATE - MARCH 27, 2015

Tango Management Group 
Named Project Managers for Pool Upgrade


Central Cariboo - The Cariboo Regional District and the City of Williams Lake have awarded a contract for project management for the Sam Ketcham Pool (SKP) Upgrade project. The successful firm is the Tango Management Group from Vancouver, B.C.
A total of seven responses to the project management Request for Proposals were received and the SKP project working group conducted on-site tours and interviews with three short-listed candidates.

Tango Management Group and the lead project manager, John Bowser have extensive experience in the construction and renovation of aquatic centres – having been involved in more than 30 similar projects, including recent construction in Cochrane, Coquitlam, and Sechelt. The proposal from Tango was the lowest
price of the seven responses received and is within the budget target established for project management services in the overall SKP project budget.

“We were extremely pleased with the quality of the applications we received for this project,” stated CRD Electoral Area F Director Joan Sorley. “The Sam Ketcham Pool Renovations Working Group was impressed with the experience of Tango on similar type projects and we are confident they were the best choice as
Project Managers.”

“Being on schedule for the Sam Ketcham Pool renovations is a priority for the Working Group,” said City of Williams Lake Councillor Laurie Walters. “I am delighted that this process is on track, and we are looking forward to moving ahead with the next steps of this important community project.”

Tango will begin work on the project immediately and will help coordinate the Request for Proposals for the architectural design team, which is expected to be released in the next couple weeks.
The Sam Ketcham Pool, located in the West Fraser Aquatic Centre at the Cariboo Memorial Recreation Complex will undergo an extensive renovation upgrade over the next two years. The next step in the project will focus on the procurement of the necessary consultants for development of detailed designs. The drafting of the procurement documents is in progress, as is the collection of all existing background reports and materials.

Project updates will also be posted on the Cariboo Regional District website at cariboord.ca and on the City of Williams Lake site at williamslake.ca.

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Central Cariboo - Following a successful public information process, the November 15, 2014 referendum to enable the Cariboo Regional District to borrow up to $10 million for the Sam Ketcham Pool Upgrade passed with a support level of 68 per cent.

The Sam Ketcham Pool, located in the West Fraser Aquatic Centre at the Cariboo Memorial Recreation Complex will undergo an extensive renovation upgrade over the next two years. The next step in the project will focus on the procurement of the necessary consultants for development of detailed designs. The drafting of the procurement documents is in progress, as is the collection of all existing background reports and materials.

A Sam Ketcham Pool Project Working Group has been formed and the Terms of Reference have been established. This group will guide the detailed design and construction process, including procuring and working with architectural, engineering and other consultants as required; and engage key stakeholder groups and the public as appropriate throughout the project.

The proposed concept would see the current main pool tank replaced, vital mechanical systems replaced and a new leisure pool added onto the existing Cariboo Memorial Complex building. The replacement of the current pool and construction of the leisure pool would be built in two separate phases, ensuring that one pool would be operational at at all times during construction.

The concept also calls for the construction of a second floor above the existing change rooms to house multi-use and fitness space. The change rooms would also be expanded.

“After working on the preliminary steps that led to the 2014 successful referendum, the Central Joint Committee and Working Group is keen to get this project underway,” stated Central Cariboo Joint Committee Co-Chair, Director Joan Sorley. “This project is long overdue and I am sure the end result will be an aquatic facility which will greatly improve recreation opportunities and could potentially encourage families to relocate to the Central Cariboo.”

“We are pleased the project is moving forward and we look forward to the day we get shovels in the ground,” stated Central Cariboo Joint Committee Co-Chair, Mayor Walt Cobb. “Although much of the work over the next year is behind the scenes, it is essential to ensuring we get the quality product that our community deserves.”

A preliminary high level timeline for the project is as follows:
2015

January
• Establishment of the Project Working Group
February and March
• Initiate procurement for i) architectural design services, ii) development of the traffic flow and parking plan, iii) Project Management services.
April and May
• Award of service contracts for the above components at the scheduled joint committee meeting(s), with endorsement to follow by the Regional District Board.
May to November
• Development of schematic, detailed design and construction drawings.

2016
January
• Request for Qualifications process to short list general contractors
February and March
• Tender process for construction
April
• Sixteen to twenty month construction process begins.

2017
October – estimated date of construction completion.

To support the project, the Regional District and the City continue to pursue funding from other sources and have applied to the Northern Development Initiative Trust for $650,000 and the Federal Gas Tax Strategic Priorities Fund administered by the Union of BC Municipalities for $4 million. If the applications are successful, it will reduce the amount of funding the Regional District must borrow for the project and save local taxpayers those financing costs. It is expected that the success of these applications will be known later this year.

More information is available in the column to the right, and all residents are welcome to connect on Facebook and Twitter. Additional communication in the form of open houses and mailouts will be distributed in the months to come.


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