URBANA — About four years after Crystal Lake Pool was closed over safety concerns, the Urbana park board voted unanimously Tuesday to award a $6.52 million contract for construction of an aquatic center at the same site in north Urbana.
Broeren Russo Construction Co. of Champaign was awarded the contract, after submitting a base bid that was just $1,000 less than the bid of Petry-Kuhne Co. of Champaign. In addition to the basic project, the contract award included money for a streambed feature, an enclosed water slide and an irrigation system at the aquatic center. Total construction costs are $6.89 million, along with a $305,454 contingency fund.
Also Tuesday the park board awarded a contract to Berns, Clancy and Associates of Urbana for up to $61,000 for "owner's representative" services, including reviewing project documents.
Construction of the aquatic center is expected to begin in the next 30 days and should be completed by next June 1, said park district Executive Director Vicki Mayes. A more thorough construction schedule will be presented to the park board in early September, she said.
"I hope it doesn't start raining now," joked park board member Deb Rugg.
The facility will include a new bathhouse, a lap pool, leisure pools, the streambed feature and a so-called "sprayground" that can be opened on warm days when the pools are not open.
It will be the third generation of an outdoor swimming pool at the North Broadway Avenue site. The original Crystal Lake Pool was built in 1927. A second, smaller pool opened at the same location in 1980, using a bathhouse that had been built in 1958.
After the second pool was closed in 2008, due in part to concerns about its electrical systems, Urbana voters twice approved tax increases to pay for a third pool. In 2009 they OK'd paying to develop a concept plan for a pool. Two years later they approved a tax increase to pay for the design and construction of the facility.
For now the aquatic center project will not include several features that the park district had hoped to include. But Mayes said those features — including a climbing wall in the pool for teenage users and repaving the existing parking lot — can be added later if funding can be found.