Metropolis now on the lookout for who will construct south Guelph rec centre

The City of Guelph is one step closer to having shovels in the ground for a new recreation centre in the south end of the city.

According to a post on the city’s bids and tenders page, five construction companies — Brampton-based Aquicon Construction, Kitchener-based Ball Construction, Mississauga-based EllisDon Corporation and Maple Reinders Constructors, and Vaughan-based JR Certus Construction — have been pre-qualified by the city to build the South End Community Centre.

Bidding for the project closes on March 1, after which the city has 90 days to select which bid is the winner.

City council approved the $80-million, 165,000-square-foot facility that will be built next to Bishop Macdonell Catholic High School in October 2020.

At that time, it was expected construction would begin in 2022, with the facility’s doors open by the fall of 2024.

The new facility will feature two ice pads with change rooms, seating and storage; an aquatic complex with a 25-metre, eight-lane lap pool, a teaching pool, open and enclosed viewing areas and a large universal change room; a double gymnasium with seating, storage and change rooms; five multi-use program and meeting spaces; an indoor walking track above the gymnasium; and a warmup area for facility participants to stretch and jog.

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