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Final $5.5 Million Tennis Center Budget Revealed

Mission Viejo spent about $5.5 million on renovations to its public tennis center.

The final cost is now known for the Marguerite Tennis Pavilion.

The pavilion cost about $5.53 million, putting it $14,500 above budget, according to the city's latest budget summary.

Most of that money—$4.8 million—came from the city's general fund.

Western Alta Construction received $4.34 million for their work. The construction company requested almost $600,000 in change orders throughout the construction of the pavilion. Change orders change the scope and cost of work agreed to in a contract, and typically raise the cost of public projects.

Western Alta's original contract with the city to build the Pavilion was $3.74 million. Eleven change orders increased that contract to $4.34 million.

The construction company listed seven causes for change orders. They included:

  • Unexpected tree removal
  • Asbestos abatement in a storm drain
  • Discovery of an unconnected waste line from a dive pool that caused flooding
  • Sewer and water installation improvements for Casta del Sol mandated by the Rancho Santa Margarita Water District
  • Various special electrical accomodations and modifications

To read the full budget summary, click on the PDF file attached to this story.

imcjl December 01, 2012 at 05:04 PM
Why are we spending 5 million in taxpayer money for a tennis center? How many use this facility? Is there a fee charged for using the facility?
Desi Kiss December 01, 2012 at 05:20 PM
This is a typical situation w/ Projects in this City. The Dog Park will run into simmilar change orders . Phase one is estimated at 860 K. When all said and done it will be close to $ 2 Million as I stipulated during the debate. It is funny that the City claimed a $ 1Million surplus when in reality they run up the deficit for FY 2011-2012 to $ 5.3 Million. Remeber the $ 15.7 Million expansion and the change orders for the Senior Center in 2008?
Kime Goodrum December 03, 2012 at 01:05 AM
It seems to be the greatest benefit of the “Tennis Improvement” went to the swim center yet it was always called the “Tennis Center Improvements”. They got the turn around and drop off, two way exits and take all the parking spots now that the front tennis parking is eliminated. Yet they got no heat at all in the press or from people at City council meetings and they never showed up to support the improvements at Council. They were also the reason for many of the cost over runs. There was a net gain of one tennis court, staff and the ladies got a nice new clubhouse though I do admit it was needed. They resurfaced all the courts and the new purple color of the courts absorbs light at a tremendous rate. This makes the lighting at Marguerite no more effective then the 40 year old lighting at the Felipe Tennis Center. And those new lights are absolutely horrible. They are the brightest tennis lights I have ever seen but because they tried to get by with too few light poles and light fixtures they are aim so high you are blinded if you try to watch your opponent’s ball toss. And to answer one persons question, oh yes we do pay to play there. You can find
Kime Goodrum December 03, 2012 at 01:30 AM
Since my cut and paste missed a little bit I will attach a link to the City's web site for the fees. But let me add that at these numbers and the blinding lights they installed at Marguerite if most of my play was at night I would join Nellie Gail for the little bit if difference in the fees. City Link is http://cityofmissionviejo.org/DepartmentPage.aspx?id=12642
Jerry Crisp December 03, 2012 at 03:49 AM
The city staff could not manage a junk yard, no less a project on time, and on cost. They are the true definition of incompetant!

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