Mud is an enemy
The bidding on construction of the Project AWAYSIS lodge hotel has been pushed back.
According to project manager Mike Wilson, the time is needed to get issues resolved with the construction companies that may bid on the project.
In many cases, the companies are requesting changes and substitutions to specific materials that the city projected in its development plans.
"They are saying, 'Hey, we've got other ideas,' and we think generally that is a good sign that they are going through the specifications in such depth," Wilson said, "but we also want to look closely at their requests to make certain that any materials are going to meet the quality standards."
The bids were to be taken Wednesday. The process will be delayed until Tuesday next week.
Interest seems to be high. In fact, one contractor indicated that they have been fielding 40 or more calls a day from subcontractors and suppliers interested in being involved in the lodge construction.
The project is estimated at around $12 million, including the hotel and the enclosure for the adjacent indoor portion of the water park.
After the water park bids came in much higher than expected, the city has been more proactive in seeking out and communicating with interested construction companies in advance of the bidding on the lodge portion of Project AWAYSIS.
Meanwhile, site preparation got off to a fast start last week, including the sinking of some of the geo-piers that will support the foundation of the massive lodge and water park developments; however, rain brought the work to a halt Monday. "It's very muddy out there now, and that makes it hard to move that equipment where it needs to be," Wilson said late Monday.