Sioux Center’s City Council is continuing discussion about a bid to build the new outdoor aquatic center enhancements at the All Seasons Center.
The council held a public hearing Thursday after a bid opening for the project, which is designed to add a lazy river, water slides, additional water play space and more to the existing outdoor pool area.
The single bid for the project, from Peska Construction, of Sioux Falls, came in about $500,000 over the engineer’s estimate.
Rather than approving the bid, the council opted to slow down the process slightly and take a look at ways to bring the bid to a level the council was more comfortable with. The council plans to resume this discussion at the April 11 council meeting.
“We want to make sure we are creating an outdoor aquatic center that represents our community at the right price for Sioux Center,” said City Manager Scott Wynja.
Wynja noted that the bid from Peska does include several alternate options, which would offer a total of $500,000 in savings if the city would choose to use those options.
“We are already talking with the engineer and the general contractor who submitted the bid to consider working through the specifics of this project and find cost savings that don’t compromise the great design we’ve put together,” he said.
Initially, more bidders had showed an interest in the project, but the number tapered as contractors entered a busy building season, developed concerns about the proposed steel tariff, and considered the uniqueness of an aquatic center project.
File photo: Member of the city council and staff visited the outdoor pool area at the All Seasons Center in 2017 to discuss potential improvements.