Largest project in QW history

By Ernst Kuglin
June 9, 2015

The city of Quinte West is just weeks away from beginning the largest municipal construction project in municipal history.

Brampton-based Aquicon Construction Co. Ltd. has been awarded the contract to build the 82,000 square-foot new consolidated public works facility. Aquicon’s winning tender submission came in at $17 million, well under the budgeted $23 million. The company has numerous municipal and government construciton projects on its resume, including the new Ajax Operations Centre and the Quinte West YMCA.

The city received nine submissions, plus two others that just missed last Wednesday’s deadline. “We’re delighted. Aquicon is a great firm and they have a solid reputation.The company’s tender leaves us with a lot of wiggle room,” said Mayor Jim Harrison. Harrison said Aquicon’s tender allows city council to consider extra options such as strengthening the roof structure to accommodate the installation of solar panels and an internal $1 million wash bay. “We’re using the latest green technology. Solar panels would make a great fit,” said Harrison. The tender price may also allow the city to add space for the Quinte Access fleet of buses. “Those vehicles are expensive and storing them inside will extend the life of those vehicles,” said Harrison.

“We’re delighted. Aquicon is a great firm and they have a solid reputation. The company’s tender leaves us with a lot of wiggle room.”

Jim Harrison, Mayor, Quinte West

The massive structure designed by Rounthwaite Dick & Hadley Architects Inc., will be built on a six-acre parcel of land in the North Murray Industrial Park. The building will include 20,000 square feet ooutside storage space and a large internal maintenance facility.

The city is hoping for a late June, early July sod turning with a completion date set for spring 2017. “We won’t be moving in unitl it’s 100 per cent complete. City staff and I are on teh same page when it comes to that,” said Harrison. City officials estimate the new facility will save the city an estimated $295,000 annually over a 30-year period. The building will house dozens of vehicles and pieces of equipment from plow trucks to back hoes and street sweepers.

Since amalgamation in 1998, the city’s public works department has used a network of fragmented facilities spread across the city, resulting in inefficiencies when it comes to municipal service delivery. Maintaining those facilities has proven costly, say officials. The city hired Ventin Group Ltd. (+ VG) Architects were retained to complete a facility review study (Phase 1) and develop a Business Case Study (Phase 2) to identify the relative costs and benefits in merging the existing fragmented facilities into one location. Over the past decade the city has spent millions of dollars on new facilities. The list includes city hall and library, the YMCA and the Trent Port Marina which is close to completion.

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