2020/01/20, Amendment #1: Questions & Answers Document has been added.
The City of Quesnel (The City), Cariboo Regional District (The District), and the Quesnel Technics Gymnastics Club (The Club) are planning to construct a new Gymnastics Centre connected to the existing City and District owned, Arts and Recreation Centre and are seeking a Coordinating Registered Professional to provide design services.
The Recreation Centre is co-owned by the City and District and was constructed in 1981 with the addition of an Arts Centre in 1990. The facility consists of a swimming pool, weight room, meeting, activity, and banquet rooms, art gallery and pottery studio. The City and District are interested in constructing a gymnastics facility as an addition to the Arts and Recreation Centre for the benefit of both the existing programs at the Arts and Recreation Centre as well the gymnastics program through the synergies of co-location, reduced operating costs as a result of shared services, and reduced construction costs through the use of shared amenities like existing washroom and change room space, parking, and lobby/entrance areas where practical and permitted by Code or other applicable regulations/bylaws.
The Club currently runs gymnastics programs in the gymnasium of a vacant elementary school with a year-to-year lease with School District #28. The space is inadequate for their needs and there is uncertainty for the Club as the lease may be cancelled on short notice. The Club has been working with the City and District for a number of years to establish a permanent home for gymnastics that will meet the Club’s current and future needs.
The Club completed a Business Plan in 2015 that estimated the cost at that time to construct an 8,000 square foot Gymnastics Centre using a pre-engineered steel building would be approximately $1.24 million.
The City hired a firm to develop a design concept in 2016/2017 that was based on co-locating the facility with an indoor soccer complex owned by the City. This concept had a much larger project scope that included amenities such as a climbing wall, indoor playground, additional storage space for the soccer facility and a new entrance and shared lobby space that had not been contemplated in the original business plan. The City and District applied for a grant for an estimated $6 million to complete this project in 2018 however the grant was not successful.
In light of this, the City, District, and Club have agreed to significantly reduce the scope of the project from the 2016/2017 concept and develop a concept to construct a new gymnastics centre addition to the Arts and Recreation Centre based largely on the 2015 Business Plan, utilizing a pre-engineered building to meet the basic needs of the Club.
The City is seeking the services of a design consultant to act as the Coordinating Registered Professional (CRP) for the project. The CRP shall determine if additional sub-consultants are required as part of their team to provide additional architectural or engineering services.