By Katy O’Grady
Special to Independent Newsmedia
Construction to renovate R.H. Johnson Pool continues, on time and within budget.
A question came up at the April 25 Recreation Centers of Sun City West budget hearing about whether the pool project was proceeding as planned. One speaker said she had heard a rumor in the community that the project was over budget.
Chief Financial Officer Tony Struck confirmed the project is within budget and still scheduled for completion by the Aug. 31 deadline. The project is being completed under a design-build process, similar to a construction manager at risk process.
That means the association hired a general contractor, ForeSight Design and Construction, who acts as the lead on the project. Fore-Sight assumes all the risk if the project goes over budget. ForeSight is responsible for hiring all the trades that work on the project – those trades are bid out and the lowest responsible bid on each trade is hired for the various portions of the project.
The CMAR process is common among cities that do larger projects, but this design-build is a first for RCSCW.
“We recognized this aquatics project was larger than any project we had undertaken before,” said RCSCW General Manager Mike Whiting. “We were well into the planning stages, having met several times with a committee comprised of community members, Board members and staff. When it became apparent the project was beyond the scope of our project manager, who already had dozens of capital projects on his plate, I approached the Board about using the design- build process.”
Mr. Whiting solicited recommendations on a project manager with pool design experience and ForeSight was recommended. ForeSight was interviewed and its references werechecked. The Governing Board reviewed the process and agreed to hire ForeSight as the general manager/CMAR. The CMAR is responsible for gathering and selecting the bids in each trade. Should any of the trades come in over budget, ForeSight will be responsible for any overruns.
The only way the RCSCW would be responsible for an overrun is if we change the scope of the project, whichis not planned. Also at the Tuesday budget forum, residents asked a number of questions about the tennis court project, dues and other issues.
“We always appreciate our members taking time out of their schedules to attend these forums,” said Mr. Whiting. “It’s especially important when there are so many rumors out there and misinformation. I really applaud those who might have heard a rumor and decided to attend so they could find out for themselves what the truth is.”
Residents were advised to sign up for the enews (suncitywest.com/newsletter.html) for all the latest news from the Rec Centers. In addition, the pool flyover video members requested at the forum can be found at suncitywest. com.
The budget presentation can be found here.
Editor’s Note: Ms. O’Grady is the General Services Officer of the RCSCW