Request for Pool Construction Proposals Closes January 23
A second request for proposals (RFP) to construct a new aquatic centre in Thompson will close on Tuesday, January 23.
It was issued in late November with a closing date of January 12, which was extended to accommodate potential bidders.
All submissions received by next Tuesday will be evaluated by City of Thompson staff on technical merits first. Those that meet the requirements will advance to the second stage of the evaluation process, when prices are compared and final scores calculated before any recommendations are passed on to council.
None of the bids received after a previous RFP last May were accepted following review.
The City of Thompson has about $15 million in confirmed funding for a new pool, including $11 million combined from the federal and provincial governments, a $2 million donation from Vale, a $1 million provincial grant the city received in the summer, and additional money raised by the Swim North committee.
Mayor and Council, alongside administration, are studying how to afford a higher price tag than previously estimated without significantly impacting taxpayers. This includes lobbying the federal and provincial governments and the business community to secure more outside funding.