BENJAMIN PRIEBE The Standard
SCUGOG: The Blackstock Recreation Complex, located at 3440 Church Street, is the heart of many events for the people of Blackstock, including many sports games and the annual Blackstock Fair. The question of who would be in charge of the planned renovation and updating of this aging building was put to the bench at Scugog Council’s meeting on Monday, Oct. 7.
The decision was made to award the contract, worth $19,000 plus HST, to Nick Swerdfeger Architects Incorporated, based out of Oshawa. The proposal they put forward was approved due to their estimated cost being several thousand dollars lower than the other six agencies who bid, despite the fact that they scored slightly lower on their Township evaluation of completing similar projects involving heritage buildings.
The Durham Agricultural Society helped to secure a Trillium Grant for the Township. The grant, amounting to $128,000, will be added to last year’s grant of $129,402 for a total of $257,402. A portion of this money will be used to secure the architectural firm, who will plan the much-needed makeover for the building. The renovation will focus on improved accessibility and updating the bathroom, kitchen and ventilation facilities.
The township report also noted that Swerdfeger had a strong reference check and a solid understanding of working with municipalities. Manager of Recreation and Culture, Craig Belfry stated that, "we are very comfortable with their score, which was highest overall in our survey. [Swerdfeger] has done work involving accessibility and kitchens, work in a municipal setting, and tight timelines.
"We received six bids for the Blackstock Recreation Complex renovation," said Mr. Belfry. "The companies who submitted bids for the contract were rated depending on the categories of experience with similar projects, references of work on a heritage building in a municipal setting and price."
After the motion was carried, council stated that they would begin finalizing plans. Mr. Belfry explained that "the next phase involves contact with the architect and the advisory committee, who will create a tender to put out a bid for a construction company."
Scugog Township hopes that after the appropriate research, the bid will be awarded to the appropriate construction firm by December 1, 2013.
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