Major Remodel Of East Rec To Cost At Least $1,750,000

  • Al Haggerty

The current budget for a major remodel of the East Recreation Center totals $1,750,000, with work due to start in June and be completed by the end of the year.

In outlining the budget at the April 17 meeting of the OVA board of directors, Iris Harrell, chair of the Building Construction Committee, listed a number of factors that could increase the cost. These include weather, a shortage of subcontractors and skilled tradepersons, hidden conditions and increasing the scope of work.

Steve Spanier, board president, told the Oakmont News the work would not result in any increase in dues. “We don’t want residents to be concerned about a dues increase,” he said. “We have the money in reserves, including about $1.4 million from the Asset Replacement Fund (ARF). We’re happy to get this project moving. It is a continuation of a project started by the previous board.”

Kevin Hubred, OVA general manager, had previously said about $1.3 million will come from the ARF. The board is considering whether to use as much as $500,000 from the Capital Improvement Fund (CIF).

The two biggest budget items, totaling $1.2 million, are $666,000 for site work, demolition, concrete, parking lot and sidewalk changes and work on the pool and spas. Another $536,000 will be spent on the new deck, a small addition, electrical, framing and carpentry, bathrooms and interior finishes.

While the cost has increased substantially with the need to comply with the Americans With Disabilities Act (ADA) Harrell stressed the importance of ADA compliance in a community of aging residents.  All the restrooms will be ADA compliant and could also include renovations on the first floor to conform with ADA standards. Changes in grading of the parking lot, sidewalks entrances and the pool area are also required.

The remodeled building will have a fire sprinkler system costing $72,000, which includes $35,000 to run a new water line into the building. Other costs include $146,000 for job site management, $151,000 for contingencies, $134,000 for contractor overhead and profit and $26,000 for contractor insurance.

The new balcony will be wide enough for tables and chairs while eliminating the wraparound feature of the current balcony. The kitchen side of the building is the site of a new addition that will house pool equipment on the first floor and provide storage space on the second floor.

OVA staff is contacting the 22 clubs that use the facility each month to help them relocate during the remodeling. The association has leased space in the building housing its offices for the use of the displaced clubs.

Concerned that Oakmont buildings are underinsured at $200 a square foot, Hubred asked for and received approval to spend $3,500 to get updated evaluations of the facilities. In the wake last October’s fires, he said, the replacement cost is now between $350 and $400.

The board approved spending $9,100 on a liquefaction test on Berger Center. The test involved drilling a narrow hole to a depth of 50 feet to determine if there is a liquefaction problem that could result in the building dropping six to seven inches in an earthquake. If there is a problem, Harrell said fixes could include using rebar or liquid concrete.

The board approved spending $3,850 to repair the 400-foot-long trail built last year to allow access from Oakmont near the Community Garden to Annadel-Trione Park. Hugh Helm, who oversaw construction of the path by volunteers about a year ago, said the path has developed a high spot running down the middle and has to be flattened out to insure users’ safety. The rock border also needs reinforcing.

By a 3-2 vote, the board approved spending $7,800 for an on-site study to determine if current reserves set aside for maintaining Oakmont facilities are adequate. A former Communications Committee that was disbanded by the board last August in a dispute over Oakmont News content, was reinstated by a 4-2 vote. Carolyn Bettencourt and Greg Goodwin voted against the motion.