There was a healthy bidding war as Dorval awarded an $18.9-million contract Monday to build its new sports complex which will feature an eight-lane 25-metre indoor pool.
Dorval Mayor Edgar Rouleau reported 15 companies bid on the project, with the second place finisher less than one per cent over the lowest bid. “The price is pretty good,” Rouleau said, adding the winning bid was actually about $1 million less than the city had anticipated for its project.
The company that won the tender is Decarel Inc., which had completed a massive $50-million sports complex in Gatineau in 2010.
Work on Dorval’s sports complex will begin in March and the project should be completed by April 2014.
The project was delayed slightly last year after the city decided to alter plans and have an eight-lane pool instead of just six after consulting the public, Rouleau said, pointing out the extra two lanes added about $1.3 million in cost but is justifiable, “Look, $1 million over 40 years is only $25,000 a year to have a pool this size. Dorval’s population keeps growing. We have new buildings all over and we have more that still want to go up,” the mayor said.
The city will fund most of the sports complex project, some perhaps through its surplus, the mayor said, but it received a $5-million grant from the province, which had been announced in late 2011.
The new single-storey sports complex will have a surface area of about 4,180 square metres and will be built on a lot adjacent to École Secondaire Dorval–Jean-XXIII on Dawson Ave. It will include the pool, a water slide, a wading pool, locker rooms, a double gymnasium with basketball, badminton and volleyball courts, bleachers, and a multi-purpose room. There will also be a reception/administration area.