La Nation council has awarded a contract for the construction of the new sports complex in Limoges. 

At a special council meeting on August 30, council approved the tender from McDonald Brothers Construction of Carp for $12,415,000, excluding sales tax, to construct the building. The complex will include two indoor soccer fields, an indoor walking track, and community hall.  

Two other companies had applied for the contract. TOFCON Construction Inc.’s bid was for $15,233,506, and the financial details for the bid from Corebuild Construction Limited were not opened. 

Recreation Coordinator Carol Ann Scott said the selection process was conducted by representatives of the municipality and IDEA, the Ottawa architecture firm responsible for the project. Scott said McDonald Brothers has extensive experience with pre-engineered frameless buildings, such as the one being built for the complex. 

Dino Di Sano and Ali Navidbakhsh of IDEA explained the total construction budget is $15,364,304 and includes 2.5 per cent for escalation contingencies, and five per cent for construction cost contingencies. Di Sano said the last cost estimate for just the building was $12,738,100, and the cost estimate for the total project, which includes excavation and site preparation was $13,764,514. 

The construction industry has been facing higher costs in recent months due to materials shortages and resulting price increases for steel. 

Councillor Francis Brière was pleased the contract was awarded for less than the construction budget. 

“The cost they’re coming in at is really good news for us,” Brière noted.

Mayor Francois St-Amour also said he was thankful for the lower-than-expected costs. 

The motion to approve the tender from McDonald Brothers Construction was moved by Brière and seconded by Councillor Danik Forgues. It was approved unanimously by council.