Renovation of the Recreation Center
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Recreation Center Addition and Renovation
Progress, progress, progress! The Parks and Recreation Department has been working diligently with their design and construction professionals (Williams Architects and Gilbane Building Company) for early bid releases in July/August 2016 to take advantage of the late summer bidding climate. Historically, this is a good time to issue bid packages given that the trade contractor market is looking for post-summer work. The early bid releases will consist of site work, excavation, building concrete, precast concrete, structural steel, and elevators. The early bid releases allow for construction to begin sooner in order to erect the building shell for the addition and have it enclosed by the time winter comes. The remaining trade contractor packages will be issued at the end of August. The anticipated groundbreaking is scheduled for September 2015 with completion in the fall of 2016.
The existing recreation center will remain operational during construction and recreation programming will be scheduled around construction activity. As you might imagine, large-scale construction projects bring with along disruptive activity such as noise, debris, dust, and contractor traffic. Gilbane Building Company has a site logistics plan in place with a safety-first approach to ensure the safety of all patrons and staff during construction. There will be a perimeter fence securely enclosing all construction activity and the site will be monitored daily from the second the gate opens to the second the gate closes. There will be clear signage and wayfinding on the site to ensure patrons know where to enter and exit while visiting the recreation center, and we ask that patrons steer clear of the construction activity for your safety.
Please check our newsletter and website for continued updates on the progress of the project. The City of Palos Heights and the Parks and Recreation Department are pleased with the progress to date and are excited to break ground in the coming months. We appreciate your patience during this time and will do our best to communicate updates to you throughout the project.
Click on the picture above to see the renovation plans.