Construction Set to Begin on The Landing in Bettendorf

The City of Bettendorf is excited to announce that General Constructors, Inc. (GCI) of Bettendorf has been chosen out of three bidders to construct a large component of The Landing - a state-of-the-art aquatic facility - at the corner of 23rd Street and Middle Road.

On Tuesday, May 2, 2023, Bettendorf City Council unanimously approved a contract awarding GCI as the General Contractor of this $18 million construction project, which will occur in two phases.

"This is a fantastic day for the City of Bettendorf and the families we serve," said Bettendorf Mayor Bob Gallagher. "I could not be happier with the progress made by our team, the collaboration that has been forged with the YMCA, and the vigilance shown to keep this project on budget. Bettendorf Middle Pool was a true hot spot for many of us kids as we grew up here in Bettendorf.  Now, the next generation of kids and families are going to have the new state-of-the-art facility they deserve!"

"We have done yeoman's work to build this partnership with the YMCA and the financial commitments made by our community partners cannot be understated," said Decker Ploehn, Bettendorf City Administrator. "We are so grateful for the financial support shown to The Landing by the YMCA, the Scott County Regional Authority, the Regional Development Authority, the Bechtel Trust, and Scott County. Without them, this project would not be possible.  We continue to seek support for The Landing to put this project over the finish line, but we are in great shape and I can't thank the team here at the City of Bettendorf enough for the work that has been done."

"The Landing is going to be a phenomenal facility for Bettendorf and the Quad Cities," said Kim Kidwell, Bettendorf Culture and Recreation Director. "This would not be possible without the partnership with the YMCA, which has been a smooth collaboration from the start."

"This is a great collaboration that will serve the entire community," said Brad Martell, YMCA CEO.

The City and YMCA have jointly agreed to build the aquatic facility piece of The Landing in two phases to ensure the project can be successfully completed within the established budget while maintaining all the amenities that were presented to the community:

Phase 1: Large Activity Pool (Green on Graphic Below) & 4 Supporting Buildings
Construction Starts May 2023 - Completion Date May 2024

The 12,500-square-foot activity pool includes a zero-depth entry with spray feature, ninja-style ropes course, lap lanes, and a diving well with two diving boards and two climbing walls.

"Our biggest priority is to make sure our community doesn't go another year without a pool," said Brent Morlok, Bettendorf City Engineer. "This new pool is 30% larger than the existing pool without all the other amenities, so it will be an exciting day when it opens in May 2024."

Phase 2: Slide Tower, Lazy River, Spray Pad (Blue on Graphic Below)
Construction Starts September 2024 - Completion Goal May 2025

The other amenities include a three-story-high slide tower with three slides, a 430-foot-long lazy river, and a 3,700-square-foot splash pad.

"Once the pool is open in May 2024, GCI plans to shut down construction so that the public can enjoy the pool season without all the noise and dust," continued Morlok. "Once the season is over after Labor Day Weekend 2024, crews will get back to work on the rest of the aquatic facility and all its amenities with the goal of completing construction in May 2025."

The Ice Side of The Landing

Following the completion of the aquatic facility, work will begin on the second component piece to The Landing - a permanent ice rink. This facility includes an outdoor ice rink that will be utilized in the winter with the ability to be converted to a turf field in the summer for community events like concerts, picnics, and movies - all of which will accentuate the fun and excitement taking place at the aquatic facility.

Several components of the ice rink are being constructed as part of the aquatic facility contract due to shared spaces and other construction efficiencies, bringing the total value of GCI's contract to $19.6 million.  Work on the ice rink could be included in an amendment to Phase 2 of the aquatic facility, or it may be bid separately, depending on construction staging and pricing.

Project Updates

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The Landing Phases