Hobart Arena project on council agenda


Over budget, the $9.6 million renovation and expansion will be reviewed Tuesday

By Melanie Yingst - myingst@civitasmedia.com



Skaters took advantage of the free public skating offered at Hobart Arena Saturday in Troy. January is National Skating Month. Families can view the public skating schedule at www.hobartarena.com.


TROY — Troy City Council will review the $9.6 million Hobart Arena expansion and renovation project at its regular meeting at 7 p.m. Tuesday at City Hall. The meeting will be held on Tuesday instead of the normal meeting day due to the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. holiday.

On Jan. 12, council met as a whole in the basement conference room to discuss the project and hear from the MSA Sport architect on why the project was more than $2.3 million above council’s original authorization of $7.35 million.

The resolution is being considered as an emergency to due to the 60-day bid opening guarantee. The bid opening was held Nov. 11, 2015. City of Troy Director of Public Service and Safety Patrick Titterington said Monarch Construction, the low bidder, agreed to hold its bid pricing through Jan. 30 to allow council’s consideration due to the higher than anticipated bid estimate.

The total authorization need is listed at $9,625,475.

“(The mayor and city staff) would not be recommending to complete this project even at this higher cost if we didn’t think it is the minimum needed to do a complete renovation and make this facility into a next century first class quality of life feature for the community for many years to come,” said Titterington on Jan. 8. Titterington also said city staff wouldn’t recommend to move forward with the project if it was over the $10 million level that was initially needed for the Riverfront Development projects. Titterington also said the city’s general fund reserves are “healthy enough to absorb the additional $1.3 million needed.”

According to the report, the lowest and best base bid for the project was $7,994,000 from Monarch Construction. The $9.6 million project includes the kitchen equipment bid, which is estimated at $500,000, including a 5 percent contingency. The lowest bid for the kitchen equipment was $476,407, which includes Hobart brand kitchen equipment to honor the building’s namesake.

The bid’s alternates include landscaping, irrigation, the $191,000 catwalk replacement, $54,000 for rigging improvements, $18,000 HVAC for the addition, fire suppression throughout the building, $40,000 in soils work, and a $20,000 mobile partition. The bid breakdown also includes a $50,000 savings in suggested value engineering submitted by Monarch. The project also will have a 7.5 percent contingency of $632,475, which is built into the final request.

Monarch Construction of Cincinnati has completed projects such as the Miami University ice arena on its campus. If the contract is approved, Monarch estimated it would take 315 days — with a completion date at the end of 2016.

Council will also consider the authorization of $1.2 million to replace four water pumps at the city’s water treatment plant.

Members of the community and economic development committee will meet at 6:30 p.m. prior to council meeting to consider the final plat of Section Nine of the Nottingham Estates Subdivision. The plan was approved by planning commission.

For more information, visit www.troyohio.gov.

Skaters took advantage of the free public skating offered at Hobart Arena Saturday in Troy. January is National Skating Month. Families can view the public skating schedule at www.hobartarena.com.
http://www.tdn-net.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/21/2016/01/web1_160116aw_Skating.jpgSkaters took advantage of the free public skating offered at Hobart Arena Saturday in Troy. January is National Skating Month. Families can view the public skating schedule at www.hobartarena.com.
Over budget, the $9.6 million renovation and expansion will be reviewed Tuesday

By Melanie Yingst

myingst@civitasmedia.com