Council adjusts concession stand design

Pipestone City Council members during their Dec. 18 meeting approved a base bid of $629,849 and an alternate of $37,400 for additional concrete and an overhang on the serving side of the building, for a total of $667,349, from Double D Gravel for the new concession building at the JBS Sportsplex. They then immediately approved a change order that reduced the price by $169,500 to $497,749.

The council opened bids for the project in October and all three of the bids received were well over the estimate of $430,000, ranging from Double D Gravel’s on the low end to $934,500 on the high end, including the alternate. City Engineer Travis Winter said then that he’d spoken with Double D Gravel and Oleson + Hobbie Architects and it sounded like there might be some adjustments that could be made to bring the cost down. The council tabled the matter to give Winter, Double D Gravel and the architects time to look for some potential cost saving measures.

According to the change order presented on Dec. 18, they found several ways to reduce the price. The most significant was changing the roof from a single-slope roof with a rubber membrane to a pitched roof with steel, which reduced the bid price by $66,000. A change in the doors and roll-up shutters for the counters took off $33,000, the removal of the drinking fountain took off $15,000 and a change in the exhaust system took off $10,000. Several other smaller changes further reduced the bid amount.

Mayor Dan Delaney said he was concerned about taking out the water fountain and thought that should be added back in.

“I think that’s important in today’s world and there’s nothing else out there that would allow people to refill a water bottle when they’re out there using that facility,” he said.

Councilor Verdeen Colbeck asked why a water fountain cost $15,000. Jamie Dubbelde, owner of Double D Gravel, said it’s costly because an outdoor fountain needs to be able to withstand a Minnesota winter even if it’s shut off and winterized during the cold months. He said there aren’t many options available, but that he thought it might be possible to find something less expensive that would work. The fountain could be added back in as a future change order once a less expensive option was found.

City Administrator Deb Nelson said the city will pay for the project with the $375,000 donation from JBS Pipestone for the building, $48,085 left from the company’s 2020 donation of $300,000 for the soccer fields, and funds from the park and recreation department’s fund balance, so it will not have any impact on the tax levy.

The building will be a 1,505 square-foot wood framed three-season structure with no heating or cooling. The plans include restrooms, a concession area and a storage area with an overhead door. The roof will extend over the areas outside the concession window and restrooms.