Officials said the County Legislature approved legislation Sept. 8, which awarded seven contracts to regional companies for the main construction of the campus. The project will include the complete renovation of the buildings at 321 State St., as well as the creation of campus classrooms, labs, offices, and other features, according to county officials.
The county is the lead funder on the $78 million project, in partnership with MCC, and officials said they conducted a bid process, in which the lowest-bidders have been awarded contracts.
Construction is slated to begin this November, and the campus is scheduled to open in the fall 2017 semester.
The contracts have been awarded as follows:
· Manning-Squires-Hennig Co., Inc., in the amount of $18,647,000 for general construction.
· Elmer W. Davis Inc., in the amount of $3,801,000, for roof construction.
· Schindler Elevator Corporation, in the amount of $1,082,000, for elevator construction.
· Monroe Piping & Sheet Metal, LLC, in the amount of $1,185,300, for fire protection construction.
· Thurston Dudek, LLC, in the amount of $1,735,900, for plumbing construction.
· Crosby-Brownlie, Inc., in the amount of $10,782,900, for the mechanical (HVAC) construction.
· And, Schuler-Haas Electric Corp., in the amount of $6,495,750, for electrical construction.
According to officials, to date, work at the site has been focused on preparing the building for complete renovation. Phase I of the project began in December 2014, with DiMarco Constructors overseeing asbestos abatement, utility separation, fire alarm decommissioning and sprinkler removal, as well as other infrastructure work. Project architect LaBella Associates has also led sessions with key stakeholders to develop plans for the space.
In addition, according to the county, the project remains on-time, and the selected contractors produced bids which were five percent lower than the total cost estimates.
“My gratitude goes to Monroe County, and the Monroe County Legislature, for their partnership in developing our new downtown campus,” Kress stated. “Our goal is to create a dynamic, innovative and welcoming learning environment that matches the aspirations of our students and meets the needs of the local community, and to do that within budget.”