The government of Dominica has signed a $3,681,834.20 (US$1,355,160) contract for the architectural design of a National Multi-Sports Complex in Stockfarm.
The contract was signed with Marques and Marques Arquitectos of Puerto Rico on Friday morning at the Financial Center in Roseau.
The general scope of the work includes preparation of conceptual designs, schematic designs, preparation of construction documents, assistance with the construction bidding process, construction supervision and other professional services.
The architectural design phase of the over $40-million project is expected to take four months.
After that a strict timeline will be followed for completion of the project, Sports Minister, Justina Charles said.
She the complex will include an indoor facility comprising of a netball, basketball, and volleyball courts, two tennis courts, an outdoor court and an Olympic-sized swimming pool.
With regard to these different aspects of the facility, the Ministry of Sports has engaged stakeholders versed in the field of sports to share their knowledge of international sporting standards.
“It is worthy to note that the Ministry of Sports, Youth, Culture and Constituency Empowerment engaged a wide section of stakeholder which included representatives from each of the court sports who presently serve on the technical committee working group to bring to bear their knowledge of the requirements as per international standards,” Charles said.
The expense of the project, in its entirety, will be to the tune of E.C. $40-million dollars, a price tag that Prime Minister Roosevelt Skerrit said has already been set aside.
“I can say to the country, as the Minister of Finance, I have set this money aside to build this facility. So we are not going to be looking for the money, we have the money to build the facility. The entire sum will come from the Citizenship By Investment Program,” Skerrit said.
According to Skerrit, this investment is seen as a significant boost for young people who want to pursue athletics in the future, and also act as an encouragement for young people to take sporting activities more seriously.
He said that local contractors should put their house in order since it is the hope of the government that the facility is built by “local people.”
“So while the Puerto Rican firm will be designing it for us, I want for Dominicans to build it,” he said. “So you have some months now to put yourselves together and the thing is that you don’t have to do it by yourself as a contractor, why don’t you join forces with other contractors with different skill sets and create a consortium of knowledge and expertise and to bid for that particular project.”
The Architectural design phase has been set up to meet the mandate of international standards set by respective international sports federations and organizations.