(Published Tuesday, Aug. 19, 2014 in the Montrose Daily Press, republished with permission)
By Drew Setterholm
Daily Press Staff Writer
The Montrose Recreation District on Friday announced the hiring of a construction manager and general contractor to complete the construction of a new community recreation center.
Haydon Building Corp was awarded the contract to serve as construction manager after a review process of several candidates. Haydon, a Phoenix, Ariz. based company, has a track record of producing high quality public recreation centers, a Montrose Recreation District news release stated.
“We had strong interest from some of the most experienced recreation center construction managers/general contractors in the country,” MRD Executive Director Ken Sherbenou said in the release. “This bodes extremely well in terms of the quality of the product for Montrose and staying within our budget.”
Two public meetings will follow the announcement of a general contractor hiring. The meetings will serve as design seminars to unveil the full schematic design of the new recreation center and to receive continuing public input for the final design. Meetings will be held at 1 p.m. and 7 p.m. on Wednesday, Aug. 20, at the Montrose Aquatic Center.
The design of the center is 35 percent complete and schematic design is expected to be complete by the end of next week, after the design process, according to Sherbenou.
There has been a lot of “behind the scenes” work taking place to advance the design process, Sherbenou said, and the upcoming public meetings will be a chance for future patrons to find out what the recreation center will look and feel like.
“It’s really going to help people envision what their recreation center is actually going to be like,” Sherbenou said.
The meetings are also a last chance for design input from the public — after schematic design is complete, any changes to the design could become costly.
“This is really, in terms of the design process, the most important time to get feedback from the public,” Sherbenou said.
In leading up to Haydon’s selection as general contractor, an evaluation committee reviewed responses to a request for qualification.
Seven qualification statements were received and four were considered the most qualified by the evaluation committee — Haydon, FCI Constructors Inc. of Grand Junction, GE Johnson Construction Company of Colorado Springs and Adolfson and Peterson Construction partnered with Ridgway Valley Enterprises.
The committee compared responses based on their proposals, interviews and references. Haydon was determined to be the superior option.
“I feel very strongly that Haydon’s management of the recreation center project will produce a project that is on-time and on-budget, resulting in the most efficient use of the tax dollars entrusted to the recreation district,” Jason Ullmann, MRD board member, said in a release.
Fritz Behrhorst, vice president and pre-construction director for Haydon, said the company was excited and humbled to have been selected.
“As the region’s leading construction manager/general contractor, we are eager to partner with the MRD, Barker Rinker Seacat Architecture and the Montrose area construction community to create a state-of-the-art facility that will serve the residents of Montrose for many years,” Behrhorst stated in a release.
Haydon and Barker Rinker Seacat have a history of partnering on projects similar to Montrose’s recreation center. The two recently combined on the Phoenix South Mountain Ray and Joan Kroc Community Center and received Aquatics International Magazine’s 2014 Dream Design Award for leisure pools and family aquatics centers.
With a construction manager on board, MRD should soon have a guaranteed maximum price in place for the project, a price that Haydon will be at-risk to meet. Sherbenou said Haydon has an excellent record of being accurate and getting quickly to an established gross maximum price.
Another benefit of reviewing proposals from construction managers, Sherbenou said, was that each of the qualified proposals reaffirmed MRD’s cost estimates for the project.
“Of those that submitted the full proposals, they all really very much confirmed the budget that we’ve been stating all along,” he said.
For up to date information on the community recreation center process, visit www.montroserec.com. Wednesday’s meetings, held at 1 p.m. and 7 p.m., will be identical in content and are provided in separate sessions to accommodate the public.
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