ARLINGTON, Va. -- Arlington County Manager Barbara Donnellan today said that construction bids for Long Bridge Park Phase II, which includes the Aquatics, Health and Fitness Facility, came in "significantly higher" than the County architects' estimate, and she therefore will not be bringing the construction contract to the County Board for its consideration in early 2014, as she had planned.
"Long Bridge Park is an ambitious project for our community, an infrastructure investment that is transforming a one-time industrial wasteland from a brownfield to an iconic gateway on the Potomac. It will provide multiple recreational opportunities for our growing population and for future generations," Donnellan said.
"Recently, we received construction bids for Phase II, which includes the Long Bridge Aquatics, Health and Fitness Facility, and an additional eight acres of parkland, that came in significantly higher than our architects' estimates. County staff is in the process of assessing those bids. I have notified the County Board that because the bids were higher than expected, I will not be bringing a contract for the construction of Phase II before the Board in early 2014, as I had planned. Once staff concludes its assessment of the bids and our architects' estimates, I will present options to the County Board for next steps.
"The high bids were particularly disappointing because the County had done extensive due diligence to ensure that the estimate was sound and within the available budget. We took an additional step of contracting separately with an engineering firm to review design and construction documents and provide independent third party cost estimates.
"In the months ahead, the County Board and the community will continue their careful consideration of the costs and benefits of building and operating this facility as we shape the FY 2015 Budget and the Capital Improvement Program," Donnellan said.
Arlington, Va., is a world-class residential, business and tourist location that was originally part of the "10 miles square" parcel of land surveyed in 1791 to be the Nation's Capital. Slightly smaller than 26 square miles, it is the geographically smallest self-governing county in the United States, and one of only a handful with the prized Aaa/AAA/AAA bond rating. Arlington maintains a rich variety of stable neighborhoods and quality schools, and has received numerous awards for Smart Growth and transit-oriented development. Home to some of the most influential organizations in the world -- including the Pentagon -- Arlington stands out as one of America's preeminent places to live, visit and do business.