With Fundraising Success, Construction Could Start August 2020
Marshfield, WI (OnFocus) The next stage in the Marshfield aquatic center project to replace Hefko Pool is underway.
The Board of Public Works approved the proposal from Ayres Associates to commence the design phase for the facility at a cost of $329,050. The Eau Claire-based company has worked with the City on the project since 2016 and will work on a facility design, provide renderings, and prepare construction plans and bid documents over a 6-month period.
“We’ll start in July, hopefully have bid documents ready by Christmas, and get it out to bid early,” said Justin Casperson, Parks & Recreation Director. “We want to have favorable bids come in. The best time to do that is during the winter in January and February, and then we’ll be able to start construction later on that year.”
The Ayres Associates timeline lists the target start date for construction as August 1, 2020 with completion in May 2021 in time for the summer season.
The construction timeline is more aggressive than what was detailed in the fund agreement between the City and the Marshfield Area Community Foundation, which is acting as the fiscal agent for the project. The agreement approved by Common Council last week noted that fundraising would be completed in June 2021 with project completion in August 2022.
“This was the worst case scenario that we have as a document if fundraising were to go slower,” said Amber Kiggens-Leifheit, foundation director. “I hope funding is all raised immediately. This is to try to help the foundation get a handle on how long we’re going to have this account.”
“The foundation agreement had to be more fluid because there were more undetermined time frames in place when that was being discussed,” Casperson said, adding that the Ayres Associates timeline is more accurate from a construction standpoint.
Silent fundraising is currently underway with public fundraising to kick off once enough funds have been raised. The private fundraising goal is $3,000,000, ideally $3,500,000. The $3 million will be matched by the City.