Groundbreaking for a new community recreation center is set to take place this month after the Prairie Township trustees approved a construction contract for the building.
The motion came at the trustees' meeting Wednesday, Oct. 30. The Barton Malow Co., a construction company based in Michigan, was awarded the $8.6 million contract.
Sara Boyer, representing Moody-Nolan architects, said she was expecting to get five or six bidders on the construction of the community center.
Instead, "We had 14 bidders," Boyer said. "Barton Malow Co. was the lowest and best bidder. We met with them and looked at their past projects. They are in good standing."
Trustee Steve Kennedy said the township was lucky to get as many bidders as it did. The estimated cost of the building was a little under $10 million.
"We are now $700,000 under projected cost," Kennedy said. "This board is very proud that we are able to accommodate our residents with a community center."
The new community recreation center will be at the corner of West Broad Street and Rockbrook Crossing. The structure will have a residential feel with many windows that will face the Hellbranch Run watershed and woods.
The recreation center will feature 5,000 square feet of fitness space that will include machines and free weights; a gymnasium with a full basketball court' two volleyball courts with the ability to create half courts; an indoor track; and a group exercise room.
The aquatics center will include lap lanes, a "current channel with vortex," a volleyball court, pool climbing wall, underwater benches and an outdoor spray ground.
"It is an outstanding project," Kennedy said. "We have put a lot of work into it. The community can be proud."
The community recreation center is slated to open in spring 2015.