Thursday, April 28, 2016

Local Firm Wins Arena Contract

Posted on 4/28/2016 11:42 AM by Pete McIntyre 107.5 KISSFM
A local firm has won the contract overseeing the addition of a second arena at Kal Tire Place. MQN Architects of Vernon was awarded the contract by the city of Vernon after a process where four firms made a bid. MQN will oversee the design and development management of the second sheet to be added at the north end of the building. Work will begin immediately and will include geotechnical testing, an environmental impact study, stakeholder and public consultation, initial design work and a traffic demand study. The target for opening the new facility is the fall of 2018. Councillor Brian Quiring is part of the management team of MQN, but the city says he has removed himself during all Council discussions regarding the twinning of the facility in which he could have a conflict or perceived conflict of interest in the project. The awarding of the contract follows an exhaustive RFP process to confirm that architectural firms submitting bids would have significant experience designing arenas as well as providing consulting services on arena projects. Four bids were received and evaluated on a point system to ensure that proponents met the high standards set by the City for the contract. Following a one-hour presentation and question and answer interview, the final two submissions were scored to determine the successful proponent. “As the original designer of Kal Tire Place and the author of the feasibility study, MQN demonstrated a clear understanding of the project and what was required as the deliverables as listed in the RFP,” says Doug Ross, Director of Recreation Services for the City. “MQN also clearly identified the need to design a building that can be built for the fixed budget price of $13,000,000 and emphasized the role of cost control at each step of the design/build process to ensure that the project will stay on budget.”

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