A MULTImillion dollar KILLDEER aquatics center?

Killdeer’s proposed aquatics center could carry with it a hefty price tag, possibly totaling millions of dollars for its completion.

Posted May 16, 2014

By MAGGIE PIATZ
Staff Writer

 

Jeff Hysjulien addresses concerns regarding the Killdeer Aquatics Center during a May 6 meeting in Killdeer. (PHOTO BY MAGGIE PIATZ / DC HERALD)
Jeff Hysjulien addresses concerns regarding the Killdeer Aquatics Center during a May 6 meeting in Killdeer. (PHOTO BY MAGGIE PIATZ / DC HERALD)

Killdeer’s proposed aquatics center could carry with it a hefty price tag, possibly totaling millions of dollars for its completion.
Jeff Hysjulien, a representative for JLG Architects, met March 18 and May 6 with Killdeer area residents for public input sessions to discuss the new Killdeer Aquatics Center.
Hysjulien listened to what citizens wanted and offered suggestions as to what could be possible for Killdeer. It was made clear that parents wanted a safe place to take their children, including an enclosed building with extra space for children’s birthday parties or gatherings.
The budget was a concern, as well as what the people would like to see built.
“Construction costs in western North Dakota are very, very chancy right now,” Hysjulien said.
It is estimated that the building costs will run approximately $300 per square-foot.
Plans for the center were separated into three areas: the building (dry side), the pool (wet side), and equipment.
Representatives attending the input sessions included Killdeer School Superintendent Gary Wilz, the High Plains Cultural Center, the Dunn County Fair board, and citizens. They were able to look over three plans designed from their requests.
Residents selected March 18 several items to be included in the building. They offered suggestions including an area for administration, a hospitality lounge to hold at least 16 people, a multi-community room/party room for birthday parties or gatherings, lockers for all ages and family lockers, a wellness area with 20 cardio stations, and enough free weights for at least 12 people.

PHOTO BY MAGGIE PIATZ / DC HERALD Killdeer Public School Superintendent Gary Wilz before the Killdeer Aquatics Center meeting.
PHOTO BY MAGGIE PIATZ / DC HERALD
Killdeer Public School Superintendent Gary Wilz before the Killdeer Aquatics Center meeting.

On the wet side of the aquatics area, it was mentioned they would like to see a slide, lazy river, a three- or four-lap pool or a combined leisure and lap pool.
Three options and price points were provided for the planned aquatics center. The first facility option would include a $1,092,300 dry side and a pool area costing approximately $200 per square-foot. A second option, an extended version of the dry side to include gathering spaces and a hospitality lounge, would cost $1,417,200. The final dry side option adds a fitness area and equipment, as well as an aerobics space to that expanded area for a total cost of $2,926,200.
Discussion continued on pool options covering 2099 square feet.
Three options ranged from a cost of $2,981,375 to $4,414,500, to the most aggressive option priced at $7,795,000.
The building would include two floors with the pool on the ground level.
It was suggested to proceed on building an indoor pool, and later add on various options.
Where the building will go is still undecided until the scope of the building is determined. The final site plans and square footage would need to be determined to figure which site would best suit the size of the building to include parking areas.
Traffic control also is a determining factor on the site.
The area considered must be a safe area, as well as a site available for later expansion.
“You can’t really decide the site or location by drawings on the wall,” Hysjulien said. “In the end it will be the community who decides where they want it to go.”
It is estimated that 1.5 acres will be needed for building and parking.
A conference call meeting with the city of Killdeer will be held May 20 to discuss costs and funding for the project. A final presentation will be held June 17 from 5 to 7 p.m.
The final deliverable package will be available on June 27.


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