See below for the Carbondale Aquatics Facility Master Plan and Appendix.  If you have any questions, comments, ideas, or other feedback after reading both documents, please contact Parks and Recreation Director, Eric Brendlinger, at ebrendlinger@carbondaleco.net or 970.510.1277.

New Pool Progress

  • February 2021: Aquatics Master Plan Completed
  • February 2022: Ballot Measure 2A opened to public for comments on 8-Million dollar Bond for new pool
  • April 2022: Ballot Measure 2A passed Ballot Issue A Results: Yes: 1,305 No: 372
  • September 2022: Bond funds transferred to Town budget
  • November 2022:  RFPs out for Owners Representative
  • December 2022: 7 RFP responses for Owners Rep; 3 companies interviewed; Wember selected as Owners Representative
    • With a team of 6 people and over 100 years of pool construction experience they will: guide Town Staff in the decision making process, write all RFPs for the new pool project, manage all on site construction projects, manage the budget, and when construction is finished will complete a through walk through and create operational guidelines for the pool management team.
  • March 2023: RFPs submitted to the public for a General Contractor and Design Team
    • Submissions were due March 7
      • We received 4 submissions for design
      • We received 3 submissions for construction management
  • April 2023:
    • 12 April Board of Trustees approved the recommendation of a contractual offer to Land + Shelter as the architectural design team and AD Miller as the Construction Manager at Risk/Construction Manager General Contractor.
  • May 2023:
    • Contract signed with AD Miller as general contractor for new pool
      • A.D. Miller Services, Inc. (A.D. Miller) has been serving the Colorado market since 1979. A.D. Miller is a second generation, family-owned, full-service construction general contracting firm that provides a wide range of preconstruction and construction services for Owners, municipalities, and developers across the state. Over the past four decades, A.D. Miller has earned a reputation of distinction in building aquatics, municipal, K-12 education, worship, and medical properties. The value of community service is embedded within the company culture, where working with like-minded clients paves the way for uniquely rewarding projects. We look forward to the mutually shared and collaborative approach with the Town of Carbondale on this very important project.
    • Programming meetings between the Architect and Town of Carbondale to create final conceptual designs.
  • June 2023
    • The Town of Carbondale has selected the Land+Shelter/Connect One Design team for the Carbondale Aquatics Center facility design and construction phase.
      • Design Team: Land+Shelter Architects, Connect One Design Landscape Architects, SGM Civil Engineering, Group14 Energy Modeling, Evolve Structural Design, Branch Pattern Mechanical Engineering, Rainy Day Designs Signage/Wayfinding, Counsilman-Hunsaker & Associates Aquatics Consulting
      • Project Approach: The design team is made up of local designers passionate about the Carbondale Aquatics Center project and grateful for the chance to be a part of this key part of Carbondale’s community. The design will build upon a successful master plan completed by the Town previously, so the project will be an evolution of the ideas gathered from widespread community input.
      • Goals include:
        • start from the work of the master plan process
        • provide a facility that builds on the popularity and success of the existing Carbondale aquatics programs
        • honor the character of Carbondale’s vibrant downtown
        • add to the creative heart of Carbondale
        • on time/on budget
        • be sustainable
    • Owner, Operator, Architecture Meets to review conceptual design options and generate high level conceptual pricing.
  • July 2023
    • First meeting of the pool steering committee for review of conceptual design public feedback.
    • First pencils down: construction prices coming in above bond measure pricing.  Must review fundraising options, value engineering of current conceptual designs, town staff redlining conceptual design and prioritizing town needs based on the 2021 community survey for pool priorities.
  • August 2023
    • The OAC team begins the Value Engineering process.  The focus of this project is balancing cost reduction and maintaining three bodies of water, increasing the number of lap lanes in the lap lane pool based on public feedback, and maintaining basic operational capabilities for the facilities and grounds.
    • Discussions began about the cost of an all electric pool and seasonal vs year round.
  • September 2023
    • Post-pandemic construction costs skyrocketed and an all electric pool determined that monies from Bond will not cover the cost to build the facility that the public has shown it desires.
      • Consultant retained to direct a capital campaign
      • Town approval to spend money out of the contingency funds to cover some additional costs
      • Town determined maximum spending cap for the project basted on: bond, capital campaign fundraising targets, and town contingency funds allowing the OAC team to continue value engineering with a true project cost that is better in line with current construction bids
  • October 2023
      • Continued pricing exercises focusing on lap lanes, pool depths, pool lengths and their cost impacts for operational and construction costs in regards to gas vs electrical heating for both building and water.
      • Still on hold for design until additional pricing is obtained from General Contractor.
      • Re-evaluating project timeline
      • Land use meetings with the town for permit timelines
      • Capital Campaign manager outlines strategy options for town staff
  • November 2023
    • Presentations to Parks and Rec Commission and the Board of Trustees to review the conceptual design changes between the original project in 2020 and what is currently being considered.
      • Review of the design progressions and the proposed costs for each design including the value engineering decisions that went into changing each design.
      • Asked for recommendations on how to proceed with the increased costs and opened discussions on what the town priorities are for the pool in regards to: electrical vs gas, number of bodies of water, sizes of pools, and building footprint.  Most importantly if we feel that what we are building for the cost will meet the needs of the town 40+ years from now and is the smaller proposals worth the cost.
      • Board requested additional information for the December meeting to answer our questions.
  • December 2023
    • OAC team fully committed to a finalized conceptual design that would appear to fit in the final town approved budget:
      • an all electric pool and building, a ~3000 sq foot building; 6 lane, 25 yard, deep end lap pool with the possibility of a diving board and climbing wall; `~1800 sq foot entertainment pool with a large 1 foot depth section for tots and then a 3.5 – 5 or 7 foot depth pool with anchors for additional amenities to be determined at a later date; and a hot tub either built in or above ground.
        • The general contractor secured the most accurate pricing available on this conceptual design.
    • The OAC presented this information to the Board of Trustees.  The Board of Trustees approved the OAC team to move forward into schematic design.
    • The Capital Campaign Manager met with all town staff and community members who would be interested in joining the Capital Campaign Committee.
    • Meeting with the forestry service to review shared construction sites and new construction site plans to ensure compatibility and understanding in regards to usage, utilities, and trees.
  • January 2024
    • Schematic design begins.
      • Iteration 1: To try to minimize the relocation and removal of trees the initial building design was completed with a basement option and a smaller above ground footprint.  This facility was found to increase the building budget and based on the size of the construction site and was still not guaranteed to save any additional trees.
        • Moved back to an all above ground option for the bathhouse.
    • Met with the Tree board to brief them on the steps and care we have taken to try to save as many trees as possible and ask for support in understanding that we will be removing the Spruce knowing we are saving or transplanting all other trees on the site.
    • First Capital Campain Meeting with the committed: introductions and timeline presented.  Still looking for members.
    • Continued monthly status update to the BOT and Parks and Rec Commission.
    • Designated add alternates for the Schematic Design