Richmond's 'aggressive' building program underway
Richmond City Hall is moving ahead with an "aggressive" building program by launching a search for a construction manager to deliver over $150 million in capital projects.
The city is looking to ink a deal with a construction manager for a three- to five-year contract to provide construction management services on various projects.
"With the number of major projects that we have on the books and other ones that are under consideration, we do have a fairly aggressive building program over the next three to five years," said Ted Townsend, city spokesperson.
The projects include a $16-million hall to replace Fire Hall No. 1 at Gilbert Road and Granville Avenue, a new seniors activity centre worth $24 million—to be built on the existing Minoru Park site—and a $56-million aquatics centre to replace the aging Minoru pool.
Other projects under consideration have a total estimated value of $138 million, according to a request for expressions of interest. Townsend wouldn't say what those projects are, saying they're in the "developmental stage" and haven't yet been approved by council.
In all the construction manager will be expected to deliver "over $150 million" worth of projects, according to the proposal document.
Townsend said the contractor would work with city staff to ensure projects remain on track and on budget.
The city used the same approach in building the Richmond Olympic Oval. In that case, the city paid Dominion Fairmile Construction Ltd. $7.3 million to manage construction of the $178-million venue.
"It was very effective for us in keeping that project on line," said Townsend.
The most recent major public facility completed by the city is the $38.2-million Richmond RCMP detachment at 11411 No. 5 Rd. According to Townsend, the city spend $22.2 million to purchase the site—previously used by the Vancouver 2010 Integrated Security Unit—and $16 million to renovate the building.