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Willow Creek Foundation awards contract for new lodge in Fort Macleod

Willow Creek Foundation awarded the contract to build Fort Macleod’s new seniors’ lodge to a Calgary company.
The foundation’s board of directors followed the recommendation of project architect George Berrie and awarded the contract to UPA Construction, who submitted the low bid of $9.15-million.
The sagging Alberta economy likely played a role in the bids to build the 40-unit facility to replace Macleod Pioneer Lodge, which was built in 1960.
“I think there is a competitive market right now,” Willow Creek Foundation executive director Robin James said Tuesday, adding bids ranged from the low of $9.15-million to a high of close to $11-million. “We’re happy with the price.”
A project start-up meeting involving the foundation and UPA Construction is set for Wednesday, Aug. 24 at the site.
The Calgary company has 60 days from acceptance of the bid to begin work, and the start date for construction should be determined on Aug. 24.
Construction of the new lodge is expected to take 18 months, but the foundation is prepared for a two-year project depending on weather.
Thea one-storey building’s northwest and southeast wings each consist of 15 studio suites and five one-bedroom suites.
The studio suites are 350 sq. ft. with a kitchen, living area, space for a bed and a bathroom with a shower, toilet, closet and full-size sink with a vanity.
The one-bedroom suites are 515 sq. ft. with a separate bedroom, living area, storage space, kitchen and bathroom with a shower, toilet and full-size sink with vanity. Some of the suites are adjacent to outdoor patios.
The foundation has received 18 applications for rooms in the new lodge.
The recently dissolved Country Beavers club made a $16,000 donation to the foundation to decorate a common room in the new lodge, where residents will gather for fellowship.
“The Country Beavers said that was what they were all about — bringing people together,” James said.

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