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Orillia on track for awarding recreation project tender this summer

Posted on Tuesday June 07, 2016

For immediate release (June 7, 2016) – The City of Orillia is moving full steam ahead towards awarding tender for its recreation facility project at 255 West St. S. this summer.

Council prequalified general contractors, mechanical, electrical and pool sub-contractors at its meeting on Monday, June 6, 2016, authorizing them to bid on the recreation project tender scheduled for release late June. It is anticipated the $50.6 million project tender will be awarded in late July.

Council also approved $6,000 to cover expenses for the first phase of a fundraising campaign led by a community group with a goal of raising $3 million for the recreation facility project.

“As we get closer to putting a shovel in the ground for this long-awaited recreation project, I can’t help but feel extremely excited for our community and the residents who have wanted this facility for quite some time,” said Mayor Steve Clarke. “City staff and project architects, in consultation with major recreation user groups of the building, have been working diligently to design a facility that meets the community’s needs and is something that all Orillians can be proud of.”

Since the detailed design phase of the project was completed in February, City staff, architects, and project consultants have been busy working through the construction documentation and tendering phase of the project. 

This phase includes City staff reviewing the construction design drawings, which are now at the 80 per cent completion mark. Staff are working with the architects to confirm building finishes, millwork and fixture requirements. Research and coordination of the furniture and equipment needs for the day-to-day building operations is ongoing. Staff are also reviewing landscape design and making recommendations on site plans.

The recreation project team continues to meet with community stakeholders such as the Orillia Lakers, Suns Volleyball, Sport Orillia, and Channel Cats, to ensure their needs are met within the design of the facility.

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Ray Merkley
Director of Parks, Recreation and Culture

Jennifer Ruff
Manager of Communications