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Design-Bid-Build or Design-Build?

Communities responsible for the creation of a new swimming pool and natatorium are often faced with choosing between a conventional AIA protocol of design programming, schematic design, design development and construction documents, bidding and construction administration as compared to negotiating with a sole source package pool installer (design-build).  One must be knowledgably about different manufacturers and their products that are somewhat different than each other as well as performance records in the field.

 The development protocol that will be chosen will produce different results at different costs, both in first cost and in life cycle costs.

 Frequently, life cycle costs are not taken into account during the construction phase because they will be met with other budgets. If these costs are examined, often they reveal a significant cash flow line item for the owner’s budget.

 Some General Observations:

 1.      Competition among companies has been the basis for obtaining quality construction at the lowest reasonable price for the owner. To achieve this goal, experienced owners have retained professional architects and engineers to serve as the owners advocate to create a professional set of bid documents based upon experience, knowledge and technical skills.

 2.      Design firms will develop a plan based upon years of history in the industry which benefits from the experience from hundreds of other similar facilities.

 3.      The advantage of the contract bid documents is that it invites qualified swimming pool contractors and dealer installers to compete head to head so that the owner is given the benefit of seeing what a number of options exist and everyone is agreeing that their price is for the same basic project.

 4.      Competition is the foundation of the free market system in America. Yet, most entities whether business, athletes, research scientist and even universities prefer to dodge competition on occasions. People that build swimming pools or no different. When any builder can avoid competitive bidding and negotiate instead with a buyer that does not have in depth knowledge of the seller’s product or what is available in the marketplace, the builder has an advantage.

 5.      The most important benefit of utilizing a design firm is their responsibility to the owner in creating the best facility to meet the owners requirements:

            a)      Functionality to accommodate current activities, future activities, potential activities and feature activities.

            b)      A combination of structural systems and mechanical systems that will minimize:

                     1.      Labor costs for operation and custodial tasks

                     2.      Replacement cost and frequency of replacements

                     3.      Flexibility of design that will accommodate changes in activities, rule and regulations and mechanical systems.

 6.      The goal of any engineer is to create a pool in natatorium which can be efficiently operated at a reasonable cost for the life of the complex.

 

In summary, no matter what direction the owner decides to go, knowledgeable planning is the most important phase of the entire process.

 

Will the Olympics Come Back to the US?

2024 is eleven years away but that hasn’t deterred the US Olympic Committee (USOC) from thinking about the future.  After a two repeated failed bid attempts (New York City in 2012 and Chicago 2016), the USOC recently sent letters to 35 mayors, inviting them to consider bidding for the 2024 Olympics.

“Our objective in this process is to identify a partner city that can work with us to present a compelling bid to the IOC and that has the right alignment of political, business and community leadership,” USOC CEO Scott Blackmun said in the letter.

While this does not guarantee the USOC will officially bid for the 2024 games, this is their first step testing the waters and interest level.  The feedback and interest level of each city’s response will help determine if the US could potentially host its fifth Summer Olympics (previous US host cities include: 1904 – St. Louis, MO, 1932 – Los Angeles, CA, 1984 – Los Angeles, CA, & 1996 – Atlanta, GA).

The International Olympic Committee will vote on the 2024 Games sometime in 2017, giving the USOC four years to prepare – and they’ll need it. The US is not alone in their expressed interest in winning the 2024 games, Paris; Rome; Doha, Dubai; and Durban, South Africa have all thrown their hats in the ring.  For more information on the USOC’s letter, please read more here.

CannonDesign – Cost Trends

As most of us know in the recreation design industry, CannonDesign is a multidisciplinary international design firm.  Cannon’s December newsletter focuses on economic trends impacting design and construction.  It reviews unemployment rates, Non-residential Construction, GDP, futures, and construction cost values.  For those interested in a crystal ball look into 2013, I encourage you to take a look.

http://www.cannondesign.com/ecamp/2012/Cost_Trends/december_2012/hepg5.html

 

The Importance of Dry Land Training

Diving in the 21st Century has developed to a new level of excellence. In order to win a high level competition, an athlete must perform high degree of difficulty dives with the highest quality. Consistency and precision are the indicators of high quality dives and for a diver to perform at this level, the answer is dry land training.  

In order to control body position and perform a graceful and precise difficult dive, a diver needs good body awareness and excellent spatial orientation. This is an essential ability for a diver. The way to improve and enhance this ability is to open the eyes and use vision to spot the water and see reference points during the somersaults. Visual spotting helps the diver develop better judgment of his/her body position, somersault location and somersault speed in the air. This will enhance the body’s awareness and spatial orientation. After the diver masters visual spotting and correct come-out techniques, the diver will become far more consistent and precise performing these hard dives.  

Modern indoor dry land training has taken the sport to a new level and has raised the bar in training techniques. It has also allowed far greater number of dives to be performed in training in a shorter time frame and has of course provided safety for the diver whilst attempting these difficult maneuvers’. Dry Land is also part and parcel of a competition requirement now and at every meet and in particular, at the senior and international level, many venues that previously hosted international competitions had them taken away and a facility with modern dry land facilities were chosen. It is now standard even for the host of the Olympic Games to have a dry land area for training despite the Games only running for 16 days. 

Indoor Dry Land training is now a common practice in the sport of diving and any new facility that is built these days must incorporate an indoor dry land facility for training programs, club training, hosting of national and international competitions and for domestic and international camps.