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Convention center bid deadline extended

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This rendering shows the existing Roswell Convention and Civic Center at left and the planned addition. The remodel and expansion are scheduled for a July 2018 completion.

The city of Roswell has given construction companies an extra week to bid on the Convention and Civic Center remodel and addition to improve responses.

The original proposal, issued in early July, asked for all bids to be submitted by this past Thursday. But that date has been extended until 2 p.m. next Thursday, Aug. 10.
“Once we received the plan-holder listing about two weeks after the initial posting, there was only a single contractor with a set of plans,” said city Purchasing Agent Lupita Everett. “The date was extended to try to get a better competitive response to the proposal. The last we have heard, there are now four general contractors with plans.”
The extension of the deadline occurred July 17. Other revisions also have been issued regarding the Request for Proposals and technical specifications.
The estimated cost of construction is $4.76 million, according to city documents. With the extension of the bid submission deadline, all dates will be delayed a week, so a final construction award is now expected by early September.
According to the comments of City Engineer Louis Najar and other staff, the Convention and Civic Center project involves building a 15,000-square-foot addition directly to the north of the existing structure at 912 N. Main St. and doing an extensive remodel of the existing building.

The remodel includes removing some of the smaller rooms in the large conference area to expand that space and upgrading the telecommunications and electronic capabilities of the structure to make teleconferencing and other technology use faster and more reliable.
After more than three years of city staff and elected officials discussing the need for the expansion and upgrade, the project is now scheduled for completion for July 2018.
Last July, the City Council voted to approve $400,000 for design, with the work going to Dekker, Perich, Sabitini of Albuquerque.
Just a few weeks ago, the city approved its $147 million budget for the current fiscal year, which includes $7 million total for the convention center project. Funds will come from the $2.50 per night fee charged for rooms by local commercial lodging enterprises, which is separate from the 5 percent lodgers tax fees.
“I am excited about the Convention Center project,” said Najar. “It is a good thing, and overdue.”
Senior writer Lisa Dunlap can be reached at 575-622-7710, ext. 310, or at reporter02@rdrnews.com.