Moose Jaw -
Of the six companies that received documents outlining the design and cost specifications for Moose Jaw's multiplex project, only four responded by submitting design-build proposals.
The companies that originally showed interest in the contract were Giffels Corporation, EllisDon Corporation, Dominion Construction, PCL Construction, Ventana Construction and Graham Construction and Engineering.
On Tuesday, City Manager Garry McKay told the Times-Herald the city would not disclose which companies have continued pursuing the contract. However, he said one of the companies is from Manitoba, one is from British Columbia and two are from Saskatchewan.
Of the original six firms, Ventana is from British Columbia, EllisDon's bid came from its Manitoba office, both Graham and Dominion are from Saskatchewan, it was PCL's Regina corporate arm that made the company's original bid and Giffels is a Toronto-based company.
As for details regarding how those companies still competing proposed to design the multiplex, based on specifications, McKay said such details would remain out of the public eye until after administration has thoroughly inspected the proposals and made its recommendation to city council.
McKay expects council to receive administration's recommendations in approximately one month.
In the meantime, the city is still awaiting news regarding the status of federal funding for the multiplex, applied for through the Building Canada Fund. Applications for the second intake of BCF are due on Friday for projects ready to begin in the near future, and May 15 for projects that still need more time.
McKay said the city's multiplex application for an earlier intake of the fund will carry over to Friday's deadline. He expects to hear word regarding which shovel-ready projects are approved for funding by the middle of May.
The city is applying for $15 million towards the $61.3 million multiplex through this fund. Of the money for which the city is applying, $8.38 million is part of the multiplex capital budget, approved by council during the June 16 council meeting.
Administration expects demolition of city-owned buildings on the downtown multiplex site (between First Avenue Northwest and Second Avenue Northwest, as well as High Street West and Manitoba Street West) to begin in late May or early June.
McKay said a consultant must still analyze the properties before the city can send out demolition tenders. As for the soccer facility portion of the project to be built in the Hamilton Flats area, Parks and Recreation Director Jody Hauta said each company vying for the contract submitted its own recommended schedule on when that part of the project should begin.
However, based on the city's recommendations, construction of the separate indoor soccer facility should still begin sometime this year.
Actual multiplex construction should begin this summer. The city anticipates the project would be completed by the fall of 2011.
On Tuesday, Ray Boughen, Palliser Conservative MP, told the Times-Herald he has worked with several people in Ottawa to get money for the multiplex.
Boughen said he has taken the city's case to get multiplex money through the federal government's Building Canada Fund to four different ministries and he is hopeful the local project will receive some, if not all, of the $15 million requested.
"I think the chances are good. I always thought (the multiplex project) was good for the city and surrounding neighbourhood."
He said campaigning for multiplex funding from the feds involves demonstrating to government officials how the project benefits the community, as well as what funding is already in place and what more is required.
"We're itemizing the whole spectrum," the MP said.