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New Minoru pool set to open July 2017

Existing fields in Minoru Park—one artificial turf, one grass—will be moved north and configured with the baseball field to accommodate a new pool facility.  -
Existing fields in Minoru Park—one artificial turf, one grass—will be moved north and configured with the baseball field to accommodate a new pool facility.
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City officials have set a firm date for the opening of a major new public facility in Minoru Park, according to new project proposal documents.

A new $79.6-million building facing Granville Avenue that will house an aquatic centre, seniors centre and sports pavilion is scheduled to open July 31, 2017. The "firm" date is contained in bid documents calling for expressions of interest for various construction contracts.

Bidders have until Thursday to put their names in for electrical, structural, mechanical and architectural contracts.

Planned is an "iconic" facility that combines a 68,000-square-foot pool, 33,000-square-foot seniors centre and 8,300-square-foot pavilion.  Existing facilities of the Minoru Aquatic Centre and Minoru Place Activity Centre will be demolished once the new facility is built. The current Minoru Sports Pavilion, however, will be demolished at the start of construction.

"The city will build an iconic facility that will set the standard in the Metro Vancouver area," the documents state. "The city intends to retain an integrated and experienced project consulting team that is a high-performance visionary team with a demonstrated ability to deliver cost-efficient legacy projects, within budget and tight timeframes."

City officials want the building built to LEED gold status, the third highest rating of four environmental certification levels set out in the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design process.

The city also expects the facility to be built with future expansion in mind, as well as a possible connection to a future district energy facility.

Once city hall has a list of interested firms, officials intend to draft shortlists before issuing formal requests for proposals. The project schedule calls for those proposals to be in by Jan. 24, 2014.

Construction is prompting the relocation of the artificial turf soccer field known as Minoru 2. That work, which will push the field and the Latrace baseball diamond north in the park, is scheduled to be completed by Oct. 16, 2014. Preload will then begin on the building site.

Programming and design work is scheduled to be finished in one year from now—by Jan. 22, 2015.

City council adopted the 2014 capital program last Monday, paving the way for the new facility. Construction is being managed by Stuart Olson Dominion Constructors Inc.

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