Family Aqautic Center faces temporary setback
October 9, 2013, The Lincoln Park District regrets to announce that the construction of the much anticipated Family Aquatic Center has been delayed.
Demolition of the existing pool and the proposed construction of the new facility were scheduled to begin in late August. However, the bid response was very light. A number of parameters outside of both the Park District’s and Design Team’s control resulted in public bidding at a very inopportune time.
The few bids received exceeded the engineer’s opinion of probable construction costs by a sizable amount. The Board of Commissioners unanimously rejected all bids.
Although disappointing, the bid results have not discouraged the Park District from moving this project forward. Every available option for reducing costs without compromising the design is being explored. Additional funding sources are being sought as well.
The project is scheduled to be re-bid in early January of 2014. We are confident the January bidding will provide a more competitive environment for the project. Construction is set to begin in March providing contractors with a longer and more favorable timeline for completion prior to the 2015 season.
We appreciate the public’s understanding as we overcome the challenges with patience and perseverance.