Tenders to be submitted for newly designed facility
Harbour Grace Mayor Terry Barnes carefully pins up three large pieces of paper along the east wall of the town council chamber Oct. 10.
© Photo by Melissa Jenkins
Terry Barnes describes the expected layout of the new stadium that is going to be built in Harbour Grace.
The sheets contain blue, grey, yellow and orange computer animated sketches of the expected design for the new stadium, which have been in the works since June by Stantec engineering firm.
It has been confirmed the large structure will be built on Jamie’s Way, not far from the Veterans Memorial Highway.
The next stage of the project is currently underway.
Prospective contracting companies have been applying for the large project over the past three months. The job is expected to last almost two years — anticipated completion date is September 2015.
The list of prospective builders has been narrowed to four. Although the company names have not been publicly released, The Compass has learned two provincial and two national companies are in the running.
The companies will have between 30 and 45 days to submit a cost proposal to build the facility.
Barnes says the layout of the building could change, based on the price of submissions.
“If tenders come in around $30 million, obviously we will have to make some changes,” he explains.
Right now, there is nothing deterring him from thinking that will happen, but he says only time will tell.
What’s in the design
A list of wants and needs was created by the town council in April, and Stantec designed the building based on the list.
If the tenders go as hoped, the new stadium facility will have two ice surfaces — one with bleachers, the others without, — six change rooms will run along the corridor between the two sheets of ice and a multi-purpose room will be above the change rooms with a viewing area overlooking the two rinks.
The facility is also hoping to have a fully equipped fitness room, which would give locals the opportunity to access by purchasing a membership and will be throughly wheelchair accessible.
The grounds are expected to have a large parking lot with ample space for vehicles.
“We will have to look at omitting part of the design — even if it means having only one ice surface — if the tenders are well above the $21-million funding that has been approved,” Barnes says.
The next update is expected in late November.