LUMPKIN, Ga – In partnership with the Board of Education and the University of North Ga, the Lumpkin County Commissioners continue to make progress on the new Cottrell Aquatic Center for the county.
Groundbreaking on the center began in May 2021 and is expected to be completed and opened by May 2022. Carroll Daniel Construction and Architecture Unlimited are responsible for the project. The aquatic center is located on 7.4305 acres of land that the Board of Education purchased for their new elementary school.
The county received a portion of the property through an intergovernmental agreement (IGA) with the board of education. Another IGA between the two governments states that the commissioners are responsible for constructing the roads, utilities, and parking areas on the site.
According to the guaranteed maximum price contract (GMP), the project will not exceed $1,776,102.00.
The aquatic center will have three pools, two sprung buildings, and an outdoor leisure pool.
One pool will be a 50-meter competition pool. There will also be a 25-yd 10 lane multi-purpose pool and a 60ft by 45ft instruction/therapeutic pool. These pools will be used by local swim teams, UNG’s JROTC program, the senior center, and open for public use.
The two sprung buildings, also known as indoor pool areas, will be 200 ft. x 120 ft. = 24,000 sq. ft and 120 ft. x 120 ft. = 14,400 sq. ft.
Finally, an outdoor leisure pool and outdoor decking with pavilions and a lazy river will be available to the public. The estimated annual budget for the aquatic center is $1,314,753.00.
The estimate includes staffing full and part-time, operation supplies, and utilities. For the full-time staff, the expected cost is $402,205.00, and $460,584 for part-timers. The cost of operation supplies is expected to be $244,500.00, and the expected cost of the utilities is $207.500.00.
In the first year of operation, the aquatic center is estimated to bring in $775,000.00, and likely to increase year over year. The revenue will come from admission fees, facility rental fees, lane rental fees, instructional classes, and concessions/resale fees. At this time, the fees have not been announced.