Dalhousie University seeks bidders for $23.6 million fitness centre

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Dalhousie University is ready to build a new $23.6 million Dalplex fitness centre for the first time in more than 30 years, CBC reports.

The university is hoping to begin construction in September and is seeking a company to build on the South Street site where Eliza Ritchie Hall used to stand.

The project designers are FBM Architects and MJMA Architects.

The tender opportunity is posted on the Nova Scotia Government’s procurement site with this description:

Tender Documents may be obtained by Bidders upon receipt of the non-refundable fee, payable by cash or certified cheque to Dalhousie University, in the sum of $200.00. 1. INFORMATION SESSION An Information Session has been scheduled for: Thursday, July 14, 2016 9:00 am – 11:00 am Atlantic Time Room 1020, Ken Rowe Building, 6100 University Avenue, Halifax, NS Bidders are advised to visit the site, as no allowance will be made for failure to do so. 2. CONTRACT SECURITY Bid Security as described in Section 00 21 13 “Instructions to Bidders”, Section 14 Tender Enclosures/ Requirements. 3. ADDENDA Addenda must be signed and submitted as described in Section 00 21 13 “Instructions to Bidders”, Section 8 Addenda.

The new Dalplex will add 57,000 sq. ft. of workout space to the current Dalplex, which will stay in operation.

“This is really exciting for Dal and the students and the public as well,” CBC quotes Peter Coutts, Dalhousie’s assistant vice-president of capital projects. “It’s a facility that’s been long in the planning and long, long overdue.”

 

“We did a lot of engaging with students, questionnaires, one on one, in groups, as well as the general public and the neighbours in the area,” said Coutts.

The building was designed to be fully accessible and the roof will have the potential for solar panels.

The university is seekingLEED Gold certification for the project.

Tenders for general contractors close on July 27. The university plans to open the facility in 2018.

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