Reminderville -- After hearing proposals from four prospective design/build teams Feb. 3-4, village officials are expected to decide in the coming weeks on a contractor for a proposed municipal recreation center at a plaza at Glenwood Boulevard and Liberty Road.

Candidates were given an example budget of $4.25 million for their proposals and presented site plans and expected budgets to village officials over the course of the two nights.

Project consultant David Riley said $4.25 million is reasonable for preliminary estimates and "consistent with financing" on the design/build.

Village Council also addressed a related purchase of a 3.12-acre parcel for $1.3 million near the Glenwood-Liberty plaza Jan. 28. The proposed rec center would add on to the plaza.

Mayor Sam Alonso said the village plans to fund the project through membership dues and program fees, not by raising village taxes.

"We're not asking for residents' tax money or anything like that, we're just asking for dues dollars; we just need them to come and join," he said.

Village Council, Alonso, Riley and engineers Roger Westfall and Gene Esser have heard the design proposals.

Strongsville-based CMP Design, teamed with New Albany-based Pontia Architecture and Akron-based design/build company Thomarios Construction, presented to village officials Feb. 3.

Councilman Mark Silversten said that presentation stood out to him, with workable preliminary designs and a budget estimate of about $4.9 million. "They put some thought into it," he said. "They impressed me."

WESTFALL said the CMP Design team brought forward "shovel-ready drawings" and was "way ahead of the game."

The design/build team of Hudson-based CT Taylor Construction and Akron-based GPD Group presented Feb. 4, followed by the team of Akron-based TC Architects and Sharon Center-based designer Ruhlin Co.

Westfall added the pool is likely to be the most difficult to implement and the TC Architects/Ruhlin team displayed the most knowledge of pool construction. However, its estimates were over budget at roughly $8 million.

Brian Rentsch, pre-construction estimator with Ruhlin, said the example budget is based on costs incurred during similar projects and can be cut to a manageable size without undue design compromises.

"I'm having a dollar issue at this point," Councilor Ed Walter said. "It's far more than I anticipated."

According to Fiscal Officer Deborah Wordell, a design/build estimate from the CMP team was submitted to the village at $4.4 million, while the CT Taylor team came in at $4.9 million.

Walter said village officials need time to consider the design and build options before the candidates can be narrowed down.

"I want everyone to take a little soak time on this," Alonso said. "Right now, there's no lead dog, it's just us trying to figure out who's going to give us the best deal with the most amenities for our residents."

Besides a swimming pool, the recreation center is expected to contain basketball and volleyball courts, community activity space, a second-floor running track and assorted exercise equipment. Village officials say they hope to have the rec center open by 2015.


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