Demolition of the existing pool and construction of the proposed new
facility were scheduled to begin in late August. However, the bid
response was very light. A number of parameters outside of both the
park district's and design team's control resulted in public bidding
at a very inopportune time.
The few bids received exceeded the
engineer's opinion of probable construction costs by a sizable
amount. The Board of Commissioners unanimously rejected all bids.
Although disappointing, the bid results have not discouraged the
park district from moving this project forward. Every available
option for reducing costs without compromising the design is being
explored. Additional funding sources are being sought as well.
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The project is scheduled to be rebid in early January of 2014.
Construction is set to begin in March, providing contractors with a
longer and more favorable timeline for completion prior to the 2015
A news release from the park district commented: "We are
confident the January bidding will provide a more competitive
environment for the project. We appreciate the public's
understanding as we overcome the challenges with patience and
[Text from file received from
Lincoln Park District]