Graceview Enterprises has been officially hired to build Stratford's new recreation centre.
At Monday's meeting, council voted unanimously to accept the $15.3 million tender from the Belmont-based firm. In total, 12 tenders were received by the City for the project ranging from $15.3 million to over $20 million.
The decision came after a presentation by architect Andy Spriet, who has been working on this phase of the project since December.
"The firm that came in low is one we've done work with before and is highly recommended," said Spriet, of Graceview Enterprises.
Spriet noted before GST, Graceview's bid was $14.3 million, which includes over $230,000 for the McCarthy Road extension and $180,000 in contingency, working about to about $90.21 per square foot.
He said the City has already obtained a building permit from Perth East, which cost $67,000. Kitchen and bar equipment for the new Coliseum is budgeted at $460,000.
Mayor Dan Mathieson said the kitchen equipment would be put forth as a budget submission and approved by council as a separate matter.
Currently, the City hopes to have the twin icepad open for business this November, with the Coliseum expected to be completed in May 2007. A farmer's market building should be the last built, set to be finished in fall 2007.
After the motion to accept the Graceview tender was approved, Coun. Chris Rickett made another to investigate the Community Building Improvement Program, a federal program that increases energy efficiencies in buildings.
Rickett said the maximum grant for environmental upgrades to the complex the City could receive is $60,000.
He also noted the program could help reduce long-term operating costs.
Rickett's motion passed with Coun. Howard Famme the only one in opposition.
Councillors Cheryl Ruby and Frank Mark were absent.