Construction in progress of the new indoor aquatic center

GREAT FALLS, Mt. – Construction is well advanced for the new “Aim High Big Sky” indoor aquatic center.

At the city commission’s last meeting on July 5, the commission approved a second variation order to Swank Enterprises in the amount of $91,029.58, and whether or not to authorize the city manager to execute the order documents. modification and amendment to the professional services agreement with LPW Architects in the amount of $56,450 for additional work items related to stormwater management and certain compaction and material testing services, and authorizes not authorizing the CEO to sign change documents.

“You know it’s $20 million. project, there are going to be change orders, you can’t capture everything with all the details on that. But most of them are quite minimal. The biggest was the plan review fee, said Steve Herrig, director of parks and recreation.

The plan review fee is something the contractor paid by mistake, as the city usually retains all fees until the permit is issued and then pays them; the city must therefore reimburse this money.

Other changes include permit review, structural and plumbing overhauls, architectural, plumbing and mechanical modifications, changes to steel joists in the gymnasium, increased size of second floor beams and replacement of 659 cubic meters of structural backfill by three-quarter inch washed gravel below the pools.

“Other change revisions that were made by clearance were the fire lane, which required the addition of asphalt and paint,” Herrig said.

The $20 million project was already a little over budget, and Herrig says they partnered with a Bozeman company to start a fundraising and sponsorship campaign.

The 45,000 square foot project will include a recreational pool, lap pool, gymnasium, fitness center, walking track, multipurpose room, party room, locker rooms, washrooms, children’s supervision area, a lobby, offices, warehouse, and mechanical rooms, all located at Lions Park.

Herrig says they are on track and hope to have walls erected by this winter to begin construction inside and are on track to complete construction by spring 2024 or sooner.

To watch the city commission meeting, click here.

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