The deadline for tenders to close on the Greater Vernon Multi-Use Complex next to Kal Tire Place is February 24th.
A total of 18 contractors attended a mandatory meeting and have expressed interest with most expected to submit bids for the project.
Vernon Recreation Services Director Doug Ross says there is a lot of competition.
“There is certainly some local interest but there’s also some interest from other locations, from companies that have more of a profile in Western Canada rather than just locally.”
Ross says the project is not that involved.
“The project itself is fairly simple. They don’t have to put in a new ice plant because the ice plant is already there. We are just going to be making renovations to the existing ice plant.”
Ross says experience in this type of project will be a key deciding factor on the winning bid.
“The construction company will probably be a large general contractor and then they will be using some specific sub-trades with experience in dealing with arenas.”
The construction budget for the project is $11.5 million which is down from the initial $13-million estimated.