New Sylvan washrooms

A tender for new beach washroom facilities in Sylvan Lake has nearly been finalized. The $2.1-million project will feature heated floors and a nearly indestructible design.

A tender for new beach washroom facilities in Sylvan Lake has nearly been finalized.

The $2.1-million project will feature heated floors and a nearly indestructible design.

Construction on the eight new men’s stalls and eight new women’s stalls will likely start in a month and finish by April 2010, said Myron Thompson, assistant chief administrative officer for the Town of Sylvan Lake. The washrooms will be located just east of the current washrooms on the western part of the park.

Calgary-based Western Construction and Combustion Services Inc., a wholly-owned subsidiary of envision Group, was the lowest of nine bidders at $1.7 million for the construction portion of the project. The rest of the project’s costs include consulting fees, landscape costs, project management services and the price of getting sewer and water services into the building.

“They do have a really nice waterfront motif to them. They will be architecturally pleasing,” Thompson said. “They’ll look like little Cape Cod change house or cottages.”

Besides the new washrooms, the project will include a breezeway, or deck space, between the men’s and women’s washroom structures, change rooms and outdoor showers. The floors of the facilities will be heated and alleviate the musty smell that can exist in facilities like this, Thompson said.

The bathrooms will be built to be durable, with concrete cubicles and plumbing hidden away so that it can’t be vandalized.

The old washrooms nearby will be torn down once the new ones are completed and then the area will be landscaped.

The Town of Sylvan Lake has entered an agreement with the province to administrator the construction of the new washrooms because they are located in a provincial park. The town is in the final stages of securing the contractual agreement for the construction of the two facilities, with the agreement expected to be in place by next week.

The washrooms will eventually link with a planned promenade between the road and the shore front, with stairs and access down to the beach area. The promenade proposal is part of the $28-million Lakeshore Drive Redevelopment project that will see the roadway shrink in size and a four-metre-wide promenade take over some of the space.

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