The Edmonton Soccer Association has told members of city council’s Community and Public Services Committee they can build two indoor soccer spaces at their south Edmonton facility on Roper road and do it both more cheaply, and quicker than the city can.
That’s because they can be way more nimble than the city in procurement according to CEO Adrian Newman.
“It’s as simple as that. They would have to do a complete open tender process. We feel that when it’s an expansion projection, working with the current designer of record, it makes a lot more sense and we can get it done much more quicker and at a lower cost.”
In terms of numbers, doing the schematic design would be half the cost, $170,000 if the ESA does it, instead of $340,000 if it’s done by the city. And Newman said by fast tracking things by a year, they can save fifteen per cent on the capital cost, shaving as much as $2 million from a $15 million price tag.
“Our hope is by bringing it forward by at least a year we’ll be able to take advantage of the economy and we’re currently seeing construction bids come in fifteen per cent lower than normal, because people want the business. So the earlier we can get this going, the better price we can get.”
“We’re confident we’re not taking a risk in up-fronting the schematics. It’s really part of our overall half-a-million dollar contribution anyway. We’re just funding it early. This way we can get the schematics started in November and we should be ready by January.”
“The design that came out of concept is, we can add a two field expansion that will have a linkage to the existing facility. So it’ll be a separate building with a linkage that we can come in from two different parking lots and you can access which ever centre you want to go to.”
The second building with one indoor pitch with boards, and one with out, would be built on the parking lot. In behind the building there are four outdoor pitches. They’d lose one, and move the parking lot there.
A report will come back to council during budget deliberations. Edmonton Soccer Association is in annually for $500,000 so fronting the money early won’t be a problem said Newman.
The organization has been in debt for two decades paying back the city through revenue from user fees. That cash flow situation will improve in 2024 when those debts are retired.
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