It’s game time at Lakelands Park...almost.
The Gaithersburg City Council voted unanimously at a meeting Monday to award Hellas Construction Inc. a contract to install the synthetic turf field at Lakelands Park, 1368 Main St., Gaithersburg.
“The soccer field at Lakelands Park is heavily used by the city’s recreation programs and by the Lakelands Park Middle School, creating a need for surfacing that will support the required use schedule,” said Ollie Mumpower, the acting director of the city’s Public Works department.
The company, based in Austin, Texas, will be using a type of organic infill called CoolFill, according to Sean Stevens, project manager for the Public Works department. The product contains 100 percent organic coconut fibers, rice husk and cork, Stevens added.
The bid also includes a 1,100-foot chain link fence that will surround the field, Stevens said.
City staff previously estimated the cost of the project to be $950,000, according to online documents.
Hellas Construction submitted a bid for just over $1.14 million this past winter. It was the only company to submit a bid proposal for the project to the city during the month-long solicitation period, which ran from Feb. 7 to March 13, acting Public Works Director Ollie Mumpower said at the meeting.
To bring the bid price more in line with the city’s estimate, staff worked with the company to locate savings, according to Mumpower. After shaving off some unnecessary costs, the new bid came in at $942,599.
A 12-year warranty comes with the installation, Mumpower said.
Construction on the field is slated to begin at the end of this school year and wrap up by the end of summer, according to Stevens.
“Lakelands Middle School uses the site for school activities during the week, so we are trying to avoid or minimize any possible disruptions for the school,” Stevens wrote in an email to The Gazette.
A fee schedule has already been set up for those who will want to rent out the field once it’s completed, according to Jim McGuire, the recreation and park services division chief for the city’s Department of Parks, Recreation and Culture.
Residents will be charged $100 per hour and non-residents will be charged $120 per hour. Commercial vendors within the city will have to pay $160 per hour and vendors outside of the city will pay $185 per hour.
A state grant awarded to the city will contribute 75 percent of the cost of the field. The rest will be paid by the city.
Lakelands Park Middle School, which sits next to the park, will have a joint-use agreement with the city to allow students and teachers to use the field during the school day.