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Does District 219 Need a $15 Million Pool?

District 219 asks for new bids to contain costs at Niles North aquatic center.

Plans for a new aquatic center at Niles North High School will go out for a second set of bids after the first price quotes came in at almost $15 million, about $1.85 more than the district expected.

The Niles Township High School District 219 school board agreed to ask for new bids for general trade work, electrical components and work and mechanical components and work after bids in those three areas exceeded original estimates.

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Christine Olseon of Legat Architects, which designed the 52,000-square-foot project, said she hopes the rebidding, with clarification on what the district is asking for in the revised bid documents, will result in lower bid figures.

The district changed the bid specifications slightly in all three areas, by, for example, not specifying certain brands of lighting fixtures but leaving the bid process open to all manufacturers that meet the standards called for. The rooftop condensers and mechanical units have been combined to create a simpler system, and several items in the general trades contract have been simplified or eliminated, according to a memo from Paul O’Malley, the assistant superintendent for business services, to the superintendent and school boards.

Representatives from Legat Architects and District 219 will meet with potential bidders to explain the changes, O’Malley said, and new bids were due Feb. 13. The school board is scheduled to approve all the winning bids at its meeting Feb.27.

The pool project, slated to start construction this year, has long been included on the district’s facilities plan.

At the same time, the school board decided to postpone taking action on a contract to build a new inflatable structure over the 10 new outdoor tennis courts along Oakton Street on the Niles West campus. The district had estimated that an air-filled structure would cost about $450,000, but bids came in at about $800,000.

O’Malley’s office suggested that the district add building the structure to the responsibilities of a “tennis provider” with whom the district plans to contract to provide tennis programs.

The school board tabled that proposal. 

 

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Dan February 24, 2012 at 01:06 AM
Okay, is this guy serious? It's one thing to have a civilized discussion, and there's another to be this guy who claims that he is a 1%er when in actuality, he is probably a no one. If you don't live in Skokie, then don't keep on commenting throughout the day to a discussion that doesn't want your rude comments. There are flaws with Skokie and Illinois, yes. Building a 15 million dollar pool at a time where money is an issue may or may not be the best idea. The fact of the matter is, we speak in a civilized manner in order to express our thoughts. Secondly, a pool can be a good addition because not only can they involve the community, but hire students from Niles North to teach lessons and learn the skills they need in a working environment. Regardless of whether or not it is a good idea, people deserve respect when being spoken to. You speak to others like a thirteen year old trying to use the thesaurus. The best way to solve this is create a pros and cons list with members of the community and figure things out in a civil manner. Thank you others who listen. Going back to your comments earlier, first of all, working out and exercise stimulate your mind and keep you healthy. Secondl
Vicki Strauss February 24, 2012 at 01:03 PM
Interesting reading here. I tend to agree with John Frendreis. It appears the funds are available from the capital fund to pay for the project, so why keep beating this dead horse? It's also my understanding that once the pool at NN is completed, the NW pool will also be "done." Everyone should learn to swim. It is a life-long activity that most folks can do as their bodies age. It is the ONLY sport that I required my children to learn. My daughter was on the NW swim team for one year and learned a lot about swimming, had the best workouts of her life and made a lot of new friends. Her swimming skills enabled her to join the water polo club in college and she loves it. My son is currently in the diving feeder program for NW. He will be a freshman at West in the fall of 2013. What's wrong with giving the STUDENTS quality facilities for their aquatic activities--swimming, diving and water polo? Improved facilities could mean increasing the interest in aquatics? A new aquatics facility raises the profile of the programs? Improves the comfort of spectators attending swim and dive meets, which are long and usually very uncomfortable affairs, but after attending a few at Glenbrook South's beautiful aquatics center, I found out that it doesn't need to be!
Karen Ruiz February 24, 2012 at 08:51 PM
I agree, Niles North is in desperate need of a new pool. I have 2 children that participate in swimming. My son is on the NNHS swim team and my daughter will be next year. My children have beeen swimming for years with the Evanston High School club team. The pool there is extremely old, however iit is a much better facility than NN has. In face there are 2 pool there, one with diving as well as seating 3/4 of the way around which is part of the criteria for hosting state meets. I don't think NN has to have the same facility, but right now it is the worst facility in the north suburban conference. Swimming is one of the best sports for overall body strengthening. The water creates resistance for the whole body. There is significant less incidence of injuries, including concussion which is dangerous to the developing brain. ( Depression, decreased mental accuity, and Parkinson's all linked to sports that have significant incidences of concussion/head trauma.) The health benefits of swimming to reduce incidences of obsesity, diabetes and cardiac disease are all well-documented. Children who swim learn the self-discipline required to manage their time, push their bodies, commit to practice schedules as well as good sportsmanship and being part of something more than just yourself, ie the team and representatives of the school. (Think of our heroes the navy seals, yeah, I think at some point they learned to swim.)
Karen Ruiz February 24, 2012 at 08:56 PM
I agree, Niles North is in desperate need of a new pool. I have 2 children that participate in swimming. My son is on the NNHS swim team and my daughter will be next year. My children have beeen swimming for years with the Evanston High School club team. The pool there is extremely old, however iit is a much better facility than NN has. In face there are 2 pool there, one with diving as well as seating 3/4 of the way around which is part of the criteria for hosting state meets. I don't think NN has to have the same facility, but right now it is the worst facility in the north suburban conference. Swimming is one of the best sports for overall body strengthening. The water creates resistance for the whole body. There is significant less incidence of injuries, including concussion which is dangerous to the developing brain. ( Depression, decreased mental accuity, and Parkinson's all linked to sports that have significant incidences of concussion/head trauma.) The health benefits of swimming to reduce incidences of obsesity, diabetes and cardiac disease are all well-documented. Children who swim learn the self-discipline required to manage their time, push their bodies, commit to practice schedules as well as good sportsmanship and being part of something more than just yourself, ie the team and representatives of the school. (Think of our heroes the navy seals, yeah, I think at some point they learned to swim.)
Jon Schneider February 27, 2012 at 10:41 PM
Headline is false, too, as Board is awaiting bids because 1st round of bids came in too high. The district doesn't plan on building a $15m pool. Typical manipulation of the story with sensationalistic headilne.

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