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Four companies offer to build the indoor sports complex at Chapples Park

The lowest bid is for $37.4 million, but the city would get an HST rebate.
Multi use indoor turf rendering - outdoor
A rendering of the city's planned multi-use indoor turf facility at Chapples Park (Stantec)

THUNDER BAY — Two Thunder Bay companies have submitted the lowest bids to build an indoor sports complex at Chapples Park.

Tom Jones Corporation and Finn Way General Contractor are both offering to build the covered turf facility for less than $38 million.

Tuesday was the closing date for the receipt of offers.

The only other bidders were two companies from western Canada.

Bid Summary / Thunder Bay Multi-Use Indoor Sports Facility  
Tom Jones Corporation – Thunder Bay $37,394,000
Finn Way General Contractor – Thunder Bay $37,803,020
Penn-co Construction – Blumenort, Man. $39,685,843
Wright Const. Western Inc. – Saskatoon, Sask. $45,195,000


All the above figures include the HST, however, the city would get an HST rebate of nearly 100 per cent from the federal and provincial governments.

When city council voted in August to put the project to tender, the project had an estimated price tag of $33.6 million.

There's also a possibility the bid prices could be lowered.

"We get a list of additional prices, where we may be able to reduce some of the cost by removing certain types of construction out of the project," Kelvin Jankowski, a contract coordinator for the City of Thunder Bay, said in an interview Wednesday.

"We're just awaiting those alternative pricing numbers now before we have a final bid number in place." 

Jankowski said all four contractors were thoroughly vetted in the pre-qualification stage of bidding, and all have good track records for this kind of project.

Although the lowest bidder usually wins the work, a recommendation won't be presented to council until February.

If council votes to award the contract, construction of the covered turf facility will likely begin in May.

The target date for completion is the late fall of 2022.

Gary Rinne

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Born and raised in Thunder Bay, Gary started part-time at Tbnewswatch in 2016 after retiring from the CBC
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