- Municipal Council
- Nouveau Centre
Town of Mount Royal, April 19, 2021 – Due to prices deemed too high, Mount Royal Town Council voted at today’s regular meeting to reject the two bids received for the construction of the Town’s sports and community centre. A public call for tenders had been posted on SEAO, the Quebec government’s electronic tendering system, in November. Both bids were opened on April 1.
The bids were evaluated using weighted criteria, meaning there were two envelopes for each bid: one contained the firm’s technical offer and the other, opened only later, contained the firm’s financial offer. Bids were submitted by two firms, EBC and Magil Construction. Both easily met the technical evaluation criteria. However, both also came with a price tag ($88 million and $94 million respectively) that was significantly higher than the Town’s estimates.
“It was with disappointment that the councillors and I read the submitted proposals,” said mayor Philippe Roy. “But it was also unthinkable for us to accept bids that would nearly double the price of this community project. That is not how the Town manages the public funds entrusted to it by residents.”
The Town intends to revisit the project proposal and launch another call-for-tenders process. The high prices of the bids opened this spring are largely related to concrete work, metal structures, building mechanicals, finishing materials and the general conditions.
“Along with other industry professionals, the experts and consultants involved in the project point to a current overheating of the market,” the mayor explained. “It appears that government recovery programs are succeeding, which has caused a shortage of labour, materials and subcontractors in the construction industry. No one – not the residents and not Council – wants to see the price tag on this project nearly double. Yet we are also aware of residents’ desire for the project. So, please don’t get me wrong: the long-awaited sports and community centre will see the light of day. It’s only a question of when.”
Following studies and consultation with various groups, the plans and specifications for the new centre were prepared by the project architects, the Poirier Fontaine et Riopel et associés architectes consortium. The plans called for three swimming pools (an eight-lane pool, a warmup/instruction pool and a recreational pool), a gymnasium, a jogging track, multipurpose rooms and administrative offices. The centre was also to have been geothermically heated and cooled and part of its roof was to be green. Demolition of the current Recreation Centre (at 60 Roosevelt Avenue) was part of the call for tenders.
It should be noted that the underground parking facility graciously donated to Townies by the Rossy Foundation is a separate project and is not affected by this decision.