The Mesa City Council this month approved a $6.6 million contract to construct an aquatic facility with lap and recreation pools at Mesa High School, 1630 E. Southern Ave. The funding is available in a parks bond authorization approved by Mesa voters on Nov. 6, 2012.
It is anticipated that the project will begin this summer and be completed in 270 calendar days, according to a council report document.
The lap pool will have eight 25-yard lanes and a dive tank with both one- and three-meter diving boards. The recreation pool will have a zero-depth entry, a lazy river that also serves as swim lesson space, a small toddler slide and various aquatic spray features.
A new building with enclosed restrooms, lockers, offices and a classroom will be constructed at the facility, according to the council report document. A mechanical/maintenance building will be built for pool equipment and provide storage for pool chemicals. Shade structures, bleacher seating and a vending area will also be provided. Exterior sports lighting will be installed to accommodate evening events. This facility will be designed to meet the current Americans with Disabilities Act, Maricopa County and city standards and requirements, according to the document.
The council voted 7-0 on July 1 in a consent agenda to award Sun Eagle Corp. $6,622,903.35 to construct the facility. Voting yes were Mayor Alex Finter; (by phone) Vice Mayor Chris Glover, District 4; Councilman Dave Richins, District 1; Councilwoman Terry Benelli, District 2; Councilman Dennis Kavanaugh, District 3; Councilman David Luna, District 5; Councilman Scott Somers, District 6.
The council also voted in the consent agenda to designate the city manager to enter into an intergovernmental agreement with Mesa Unified School District No. 4 relating to the design and construction of the aquatic center.
The aquatic facility is to replace the aging Taylor Pool at 705 S. 32nd St., according to a council report document. The city and Mesa Public Schools agreed the pool should be in the southwest corner of the parking lot (East Southern Avenue and South Harris Drive). Upon completion of the new aquatic facility, Taylor Pool will be demolished and the site returned to Mesa Public Schools through a future project, according to the document.
The construction of this project will temporarily impact Mesa High School, surrounding businesses and residents and pedestrians and drivers that utilize Southern Avenue and Harris Drive. The majority of the work for the project will occur on the Mesa High School campus with approximately 268 school parking spaces displaced by the final site plan, according to the document.
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