Consultants hired to help oversee Madison recreation campus development

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MADISON, Ala. (WHNT) - The team to help build a highly desired recreation campus, equipped with an indoor pool and multiple basketball courts, in Madison is nearly complete.

City council approved the hire of three different consulting firms to help with the development Monday.

It also added $1.74 million to the city's Capital Improvement Plan to help cover the initial costs of the facility. Nearly half of that money will pay for the consultants.

With a $670,000 contract, Volkert, Inc. will oversee the construction of the facility.

BARBERMcMURRY Architects was awarded up to $100,000 to help advise the council about the architectural design of the campus.

Tennessee consultant and AAU director Jerry Codispotil was hired for up to $100,000 to also provide input on the design of the facility.

Amy Bell Sturdivant, the city's planning and economic development director, said these specialists are a must-have to ensure that the rec campus is not just a great resource for those in the community, but that it also help to generate resources for the city.

"Part of what we're trying to do is make sure that the court side will actually pay for the water side, so we can make sure that the city can fund it going forward to operate that, not just to build it because that's just one cost, but we want to make sure that the operation cost is self-propelling."

As a potential host site for numerous tournaments, Mayor Troy Trulock said the new rec campus is expected to bring money back into Madison soon after its completion.

"We have a great team put together that we think would be able to bring quite a few tournaments into the city of Madison. That means hotels and gas and lodging and food and that just means revenue for the city."

The city hired Nola/Van Peursem Architects in November to design the facility. The civic design team is the last spot to fill for the project.

Architectual designs are expected to be ready within roughly six weeks.

City council will then evaluate the plans with the help of the newly hired consultants.

"It's exciting to see them take those next steps toward bringing it to a facility that everybody can use," said Sturdivant.

The planning committee said its goal is to have a ground breaking by this spring. Once construction starts the project is expected to take about 20 months to complete.