Shovels will hit the ground Thursday morning, marking the beginning of the construction of Montgomery Township's Recreation and Community Center at Stump and Horsham roads.
The groundbreaking is set for 8 a.m. Thursday. The public is invited to the event.
Parking is at the Montgomery Township Administration Building. Light refreshments will be served after the ceremony.
According to township Public Information Coordinator Kelsey McMeans, the ceremony marks three years of effort by township officials, committee members and staff to bring a multi-purpose recreation center to residents.
The 40,000-square-foot facility boasts a multi-use gymnasium, two basketball courts, a suspended indoor walking/running track, a weight room, three exercise studios, community rooms, classrooms, youth lounges, a catering kitchen, cafes, an outdoor playground and spray park, and an administration suite. A Montgomery County Public Library Bookmobile station will be constructed outside.
The project is funded by $7,875,250 in bonds and $1.497 million from the capital reserve fund.
Last year, the township increased its indebtedness by $8.745 million through a bond sale. It also refunded a $5.5 million general obligation bond from 2012. The first annual principal payment is $200,000 on June 1. The final principal payment would be in 2043 in the amount of $470,000.
Montgomery Township settled on the property across from the administration building in Spring 2012. Soon after, Conshohocken-based Kimmel Bogrette Architecture + Site and Colorado-based recreation consultant Ballard*King & Associates were brought on to layout and design the building.
E.R. Stuebner was awarded the $7.185 million base bid for the general construction contract, which was bid with a series of options. E.R. Stuebner will construct a $55,000 extended walking trail, four folding basketball hoops at $21,000, gym skylights for $28,000, sanitary sewer connections for $61,000, extended sanitary connections at $15,000 and a $66,000 12-inch loop water main.
Lenni Electric will be the electrical contractor on the project, with the award of a $919,986 bid. Apex Plumbing will handle the plumbing and fire protection work in the building, winning a $309,500 and a $99,000 contract, respectively. The mechanical construction contract went to Worth & Co. at $530,000.