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June 28, 2013

Jeffersonville soccer complex contract awarded

Six fields, other amenities will be built at an estimated cost of $4.05M

JEFFERSONVILLE —

A rebid soccer complex off Charlestown Pike came in on target for the Jeffersonville Parks Authority.

A contract was awarded to AML Inc. to construct six soccer fields — two of which can be used for football, including an artificial-turf field — for $4.05 million.

The parks authority decided to rebid a modified plan for its multisport complex because bids on the original plan came in nearly $2 million over budget. The budget for the project was originally about $5 million, but the costs soared due to a rise in the cost for fill dirt because of increased demand related to the Ohio River Bridges Project. Costs jumped from $7 to $8 per cubic yard to about $25 per cubic yard, Matt Gullo, architect with Kovert Hawkins, said previously.

The biggest change to the original design for the Woehrle Youth Athletic Complex was the removal of a 37,000-square-foot building on the site. With the change, the lowest base bid for the project came in at $3.75 million. The high base bid was $4.48 million.

At this week’s parks authority meeting, the board accepted the low bid and several alternates from AML. Among the alternates approved were an upgraded artificial turf, a playground, bleacher and a press box at the turf field and an upgrade to LED lighting. Upgrades that were not included in the approved package were lights for the north and south fields and an upgrade to the asphalt.

With the changes, AML’s price increased to slightly more than $4 million.

Parks Authority President Ed Zastawny said the first two parts of the project that are likely to move forward are the road improvements along Charlestown Pike and the parking lot that will be built there. Still included in the scope of work is pouring the foundation and running the utilities to what could eventually become the indoor, multisport complex.

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