With bid just shy of $8 million, Salt Lake firm positioned for Racquet Club contract
A Salt Lake City-based construction firm with handiwork stretching from Deer Valley to The Canyons submitted the lowest bid to redo the Racquet Club, putting itself into a position to win one of the largest contracts City Hall has ever awarded.
Okland Construction’s bid of $7,997,000 was, by a significant margin, the lowest of the six bids that were unsealed midafternoon Monday at the Marsac Building. The next lowest was from Hogan & Associates Construction, which priced the work at $8,199,000. The high bid came from New Star General Contractors, which pegged the redo at $8.9 million.
City Hall staffers, consultants hired by the municipal government and representatives from some of the construction firms listened as the bids were opened. Some took notes as the numbers were read aloud. Each of the firms had qualified beforehand to submit bids.
Matt Twombly, one of the City Hall staffers assigned to the project, said in an interview afterward the price could increase from the $7,997,000 base as work is added onto the overall project. He said, though, he does not expect any of the other firms to have a lower bid than Okland Construction once the other work is added to the price tag.
Twombly said he is pleased with the dollar amount of the bids, saying estimates had put the figure higher. He said the slowdown in construction during the recession brought down prices.
"It’s good. We were unsure. We were getting estimates through the engineer and architect around $10 million, so to come in at $8 million s definitely a positive step," Twombly said.
He said City Hall must still verify the Okland Construction numbers submitted on the bid form. If the numbers are verified, Twombly said, staffers would recommend the contract go to Okland Construction.
Mayor Dana Williams and the Park City Council are tentatively scheduled to consider a deal with the construction firm on May 27. City staffers have long said the overall redo of the aging Park Meadows facility is expected to cost $10.5 million, with the construction being the bulk of the price tag.
But the elected officials have just started their budget discussions, which are expected to be some of the most difficult in years as City Hall considers a spending plan amid dwindling revenues. It is anticipated that the mayor and City Council will review the budget item for the Racquet Club early during the budget talks. It was not clear whether the project would be discussed at a City Council meeting on Thursday.
If the City Council gives the go-ahead, work could start by midsummer. The elected officials have previously indicated they want to work to proceed, arguing that the Racquet Club no longer is an adequate facility.
Under the blueprints, most of the existing Racquet Club would be razed and a new facility would be rebuilt at the site. The gymnasium would be the only section of the facility that would be incorporated into the new one.
The new building would update a facility that was put up in the early 1970s as a private-sector health club and then purchased by City Hall in 1987. There have been numerous upgrades made over the years of municipal ownership, but the current redo would be far more ambitious. Many new pieces of equipment will be added and a walking and jogging track will be built. The weight room and fitness areas would be expanded and the locker rooms redone. Upgrades to make the building more environmentally friendly would be added as well.
Okland Construction has built some of the most recognizable buildings in the Park City area, with high-profile jobs such as the Grand Summit at The Canyons, the Utah Olympic Park, the St. Regis at Deer Crest and the Park City Medical Center, according to the firm’s website.
Significant Okland Construction projects in Salt Lake City, meanwhile, include the Grand America Hotel and the City Creek development that is under construction downtown, the website says.
The Park Record was unable to contact an Okland Construction representative.
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