$500k for city hall, library upgrades in White Rock

Replacement of heating, ventilation and air conditioning set to start in February

The City of White Rock will spend more than $500,000 to replace heating, ventilation and air conditioning systems in its city hall and library, following council approval earlier this month to award contracts for work at the two sites.

According to a staff report, PML Professional Mechanical Ltd. was the lowest of five bidders to respond to a call for quotes that closed Nov. 15.

The recommended bid – $527,500, excluding GST – includes supply and installation, and the funds are already in the financial plan, the report by the city’s director of engineering and municipal operations notes.

Including a 15 per cent contingency, total estimated cost is $651,900 – $117,600 less than what was budgeted ($769,500).

Director of engineering Greg St. Louis told council the savings were found by tendering the work as two projects.

“We split the contract in two and we ended up getting better pricing,” he said.

A tentative work schedule has the city hall HVAC replacement getting underway in February, with an estimated April completion date; work on the library’s system is anticipated to start in April and finish in May.

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