By Trevor Busch
Needed upgrades and replacements for the Taber Arena’s ice plant operations have received town council’s stamp of approval.
At their Oct. 24 regular meeting, town council voted unanimously (6-0) to award the Taber Ice Arena Renovation tender to Amron Construction Ltd. in the amount of $1,529,497, with additional funds of $240,500 to be allocated from capital reserves. Mayor Henk DeVlieger declared a pecuniary interest and did not participate in the discussion or vote.
“It was a very good tender,” said public works director and acting CAO Gary Scherer. “We had four contractors all within less than five per cent of each other. That’s a very good tender.”
Replaced through the tender will be the ice plant equipment (compressors, heat exchangers, chillers), electrical service and all the electrical distribution panels and adjustments in the building structure to accommodate Zamboni dumping.
Added to the project is a snow melt pit and demolition of the wall in the Zamboni room, the replacement of the dehumidification equipment to eliminate the need for rentals when required and the replacement of a condenser water holding tank and pumps which could not accommodate the backflow within the pipes.
According to administration, some work was completed prior to the tender to bring the current building up to code, and included the installation of an ammonium detection system and exhaust fans for constant ventilation in the ice plant room.
Tender results: Amron Construction Ltd. ($1,529,497); Ward Bros. Construction Ltd. ($1,548,500); Dawson Wallace Construction Ltd. ($1,566,554); Lear Construction Management Ltd. ($1,583,800); Venture Holdings Ltd. ($1,658,500); and Bighorn Construction Ltd. ($2,050,000). All bids were exclusive of GST.
The original estimated cost for the project, including contingency and engineering fees, was $1,699,500. According to administration, the replacements are needed as most of the equipment “is in need of exhaustive repairs”.
The full scope of the project work is expected to be completed in 2017.