VECDD seeks to replace entire golf course irrigation system

The Board of Supervisors of the Viera East Community Development District is seeking bids to replace its 27-year-old irrigation system at the Viera East Golf Course in Rockledge.

 

The Board of Supervisors of the Viera East Community Development District is seeking bids to replace the irrigation system at the Viera East Golf Course in Rockledge.

The VECDD released its request for proposals for construction services on Oct. 8. It is seeking the installation of a new, state-of-the art, two-wire irrigation system using Rainbird or Toro systems. Estimated cost of the project is $2 million.

According to the project information package, companies desiring to provide services for the project must submit one original and eight copies of the required proposal no later than 2 p.m. Nov. 10 at the VECDD office at 219 E. Livingston St., Orlando.

The bids also will be opened at that time.

The bids will be considered for evaluation during the VECDD’s public meeting at 7 p.m. Nov. 18 at Faith Lutheran Church at 5550 Faith Drive in Viera.

Timothy A. Melloh, the general manager and chief operating officer for the Viera East Golf Club and VECDD, said the new irrigation system is needed because the present one is 27 years old and its pipes and sprinkler heads badly need to be replaced.

“What’s so unique about this two-wire irrigation system is that the (sprinkler) heads can talk back to the computer,” he said. “It’s the latest in state-of-the-art technology.”

The total distance of the Viera East golf course is 6,669 yards. The present irrigation system only utilizes 1,000 heads. When installed, the new system will have 1,500 heads and will irrigate the tees, greens, fairways, roughs, driving range and surrounding driveways and parking lot.

“We have 120 acres of land that needs to be irrigated,” Melloh said. “The piping will be made up of high density polyurethane and will last more than 50 years.”

Once the contract is awarded, Melloh said construction should start by May 15, 2022 and be completed by Sept. 30, 2022, just in time for the yearly snowbirds arriving to Brevard County. He also said that at no time will the golf course close during the irrigation system installation.

“We’re going to do one hole at a time,” he explained. “If a golfer wants to play 18 holes, he or she may play one hole twice.”

Once the project is completed, Melloh said the golf course will make Viera East “more environmentally” better.

”We will be pumping less water but it will make the golf course and its greens in much better condition.”

Aqua Turf International is the VECDD’s consulting firm for the project. The company, headquartered in Tequesta, Florida, designed Viera East’s irrigation system and helped in the preparation of the request for proposals for construction services.