06/22/08 — Goldsboro Recreation Center Committee expects $12.3M facility to be complete by 2010

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Goldsboro Recreation Center Committee expects $12.3M facility to be complete by 2010

By Anessa Myers
Published in News on June 22, 2008 2:01 AM

The nearly $12.3 million Community Recreation Center will likely be finished in February of 2010, representatives of R.N. Rouse & Co. said at a center meeting Wednesday.

From the Recreation Center Committee's last meeting where 50 percent of construction documents were prepared to now when 100 percent of construction documents are completed, the cost for the center rose $133,489 to $12,275,461.

Leighton Murphy from R.N. Rouse told committee members and city officials that the rise wasn't from increased services or added elements.

"Most of the increase is pure material cost increase," he said.

Murphy also pointed out that
estimated construction costs totaled $11,803,328, and the other $472,133, or 4 percent of the total, was a contingency that the city would have to pay for incidentals and unforeseen costs.

The Goldsboro construction company should be able to put out bids for subcontract packages by late August or early September, Murphy said.

There are a few minor adjustments that architectural firm Pearce, Brinkley, Cease + Lee must make, too, but project architect Jennifer Attride said that those changes won't take long.

"Over the next two to three weeks, we will be going over final coordination issues (with the city and R.N. Rouse)," she said. "We should finish the drawings by the end of July."

Most of the items discussed by the committee members dealt with the pool and whether it should be a competitive pool or just for recreation.

"We wanted it to be recreation from the get-go," Councilman Jackie Warrick said.

"We never talked about this being a competitive pool," Councilman Chuck Allen said.

At the last center committee meeting, members decided to increase the depth of the shallow end of the pool to make it easier for people to swim laps.

Ms. Attride said that when she spoke with her pool consultant, and with everything the city wanted to do with deepening the pool, the consultant said that they were a hop, skip and a jump away from making the pool readily available for competition.

"We went ahead and did this in case you decided you wanted to hold a meet or something like that in the future," Ms. Attride said.

With that, the architectural firm changed the depth of the shallow end of the pool to 3.5 feet instead of the initial 3 feet as well as the pool filtration system that went along with it, a system that committee members believe should now be changed back due to costs and maintenance issues.

"When we started this thing, we said we weren't going to make it big enough for it to be competitive," Allen added.

"I can see what your saying with that, Chuck. We don't have any room for spectators if we had a competition," City Manager Joe Huffman said.

Committee members also discussed the cost of the equipment and furniture for the building, two areas that aren't included in the nearly $12.3 million.

"We said before that it was going to cost us about $1 million," Allen said.

Parks and Recreation Director Sonya Shaw said she would look into equipment, costs and layout and get back with the committee.

Members also talked about televisions and decided to have flat-screen TVs hanging from either the wall or
the ceiling.