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Truckee aquatic center bids come in over budget

TRUCKEE, Calif. — After hitting a funding snag, phased construction is among options recreation officials are considering for Truckee’s aquatic center project.

Of four construction bids the Truckee-Donner Recreation & Park District received, all came in higher than the roughly $5.74 million in available construction funding.

The lowest bid came from Reno-based West Coast Contractors at $7.94 million, while the highest was Loomis-based Landmark Construction’s $10.35 million quote. As a result, no bid was approved by the TDRPD board of directors at its Thursday meeting.

“There’s disappointment, but we have some options that we’re looking into,” said Steve Randall, general manager of TDRPD.

One is to build the aquatic center and competition pool first and install the warm water recreation pool later when funding becomes available.

“This was not an easy decision and in no way reflects a deprioritization of the warm water pool,” said Dan Kates, chair of the Truckee Aquatic Coalition, in a Sunday email. “The reality is that at present, we don’t have the funds to build the full facility.”

The district budgeted $7 million for the aquatic center. As of mid-February, $230,509 was spent on pre-construction expenses, leaving about $6.77 million, according to TDRPD.

Future non-construction project expenditures are estimated to cost $1.05 million.

Another option is examining proposed building materials in an effort to reduce costs.

“This isn’t the first project to run into such a problem, but it is forcing the rec district to make some tough decisions in the short run,” Kates said.

The project is expected to be rebid in mid-April, Randall said. Based on this new timeline, construction is anticipated to start mid-May and take about a year to complete.

Once finished, the aquatic center will feature a 25-yard, 8-lane competition pool; 2,500-square-foot leisure pool, with a 70-foot current channel and 20-yard warm water lap lanes; locker rooms; among other amenities.

The center will be located adjacent to the Truckee Community Recreation Center at 8924 Donner Pass Road. It will replace the aging Truckee-Donner Community Swimming Pool located behind Truckee High School at 11725 Donner Pass Road.

“The reality is that at present, we don’t have the funds to build the full facility.”
Dan Kates
chair, Truckee Aquatic Coalition


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