Town Council unanimously approved the next step in the expansion to the Blackfalds Multi-Plex, which will include a second ice surface and other possible amenity space needs. Following a thorough competition and review process, the Town awarded the Architectural Services contract for the expansion of the Multi-Plex to ACI Architects Inc.
“We had great interest with 13 different submissions for our Request for Proposal process and following the review and evaluation process we were able to determine the group that best met the criteria and expectations in moving this project forward.,” said Mayor Richard Poole. “The winning group from ACI includes members we have worked with in the past who helped us build our award-winning Abbey Centre.”
An additional ice surface was identified as a Community priority within the next seven years through the 2015 Town of Blackfalds Recreation and Parks Master Plan. The Town of Blackfalds included capital funding in the 2018 budget to undertake the design and contract document development. The Town has also identified funding in the long-range capital funding plan for the construction of the expansion. Community members responded positively to this project establishing a fundraising group to support this initiative. The Dual Ice Development Society (DIDS) is represented by all current users of the existing arena and are working towards raising $1 Million dollars as their commitment to this project.
The Town will be entering into a contract with ACI Architects Inc. for the submitted bid amount of $743,355 which is less than the budgeted amount for this component of the project. Pre-construction estimates for the Multi-Plex expansion is estimated at $15 million with construction timeline set for 2021. For further details visit the Town website at blackfalds.com.
-Submitted by the Town of Blackfalds