Construction Update from our favorite Pool Manager: Laura Voet !

It is another great day at the Fort Lauderdale Aquatic Complex.

The sun is shining.  Walls are going UP!  Foundation piles are being cut DOWN.  More digging in the DIRT! 

We have a great team of dedicated workers led by Hensel Phelps Construction Company working hard for our City.  The concrete fountain slab for the grandstand and pool filtration room was poured last week and this week a team of skilled masons have started on the concrete block work for the pool filtration building walls.  There are 35 piles that will  support the new dive tower over and the last several weeks the foundation team has been laboriously excavating and cutting them down to the correct height.  The entrance building piles are be excavated and the elevator foundation is being formed.   

The competition pool and dive well concrete shells are complete. All deep foundation work is complete.  Project staff, including City staff Laura Voet and Tom Green, are  traveling to Orlando Friday, October 16 to visit the Gate Precast Co. batch plant to approve the concrete mockup samples for the 27-Meter Dive Tower.  Fabrication of the precast sections is expected to begin late October and completed by late December.  Dive Tower pieces will start arriving mid-January and construction of the dive tower will begin February 2021.  The pool deck is expected to be poured once the dive tower erection is completed – mid March 2021.  

There are two executed agreements, each has a separate timeline.

Contract 1 – Pools, Bleachers, Dive Tower Entry Building, Dive Tower with Amenity Deck

Estimated Completion Date is August 2021. 

The first contract contains the base scope items: new competition pool, new diving well, new teaching pool, refurbished training pool, new grandstand and bleachers, new entrance building (guest restrooms/concession/admissions), expanded pool deck, resurfacing the training pool, and parking lot improvements.  Change orders that have been added into the contract include a 27-meter dive tower and a rooftop amenity space on top of the spectator bathroom/concession/ticketing building.  We expect to cut a ribbon and open the pools August 2021.  TOTAL Budget for First Contract (including change orders) is $38.75 Million

Contract 2 – South Building (Athlete Locker Rooms, Timing Rooms, Aquatic Staff Offices, Meetings Rooms, Lifeguards and First Aid)

Estimated Completion Date is first quarter of 2022. 

HP has an interim agreement to begin design and cost estimating for the South Building.  The total budget for the project is $7M. Since August, we have been working diligently with the HP and their team on the design of the South Building.  The goal is to present this design to the Commission this December with a final defined price and scope to award a construction agreement.  Assuming a December award, HP could begin demolition in January 2021 and have the building constructed the first quarter of 2022.  If there are delays in the approval process, permitting,  supply chain or weather the completion date will change. 

Total Estimated Project Cost:  $46 million. 

City Staff

Tom Green, PE, Senior Project Manager, Beach Community Redevelopment Agency | Parks & Recreation Department

Laura Voet, Fort Lauderdale Aquatic Complex Manager | Parks & Recreation Department

Hensel Phelps Construction Company – Fort Lauderdale Aquatic Center

Owner/Operator                     City of Fort Lauderdale

Lead Design-Builder              Hensel Phelps

Architect                                 Cartaya & Associates

Aquatic Designer                    Counsilman Hunsaker

Aquatic Sub-Contractor          Weller Pools

Geotechnical Engineer           Langan

Civil & Landscape Designer    Keith & Associates, Inc.

Structural Engineer                 Louis Berger

Foundation / Piles                   HJ Keller Foundations

Electrical                                 Hypower

Plumbing                                 Rightway Plumbing

Demolition                              Pece of Mind

Site Work                                Redland Company

Structure                                 The Structure Group

Skin                                          Multiple

Finishes                                   Multiple 

Just keep swimming!



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