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National construction firm wins bid for Game and Fish complex

The New Mexico Department of Game and Fish administrative and public education complex, shown in this rendering, is slated for completion in spring 2019. (Submitted Graphic)

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A national construction firm with offices in Albuquerque has received the construction contract to build the regional administration and public education complex for the New Mexico Department of Game and Fish.

Flintco LLC, a firm with a lot of experience working on state projects, won the bid, according to Lance Cherry, chief of information and education for Game and Fish.

He added that the $9.5 million facility on West College Boulevard in Roswell now has an expected completion date of spring 2019. Site work began about two weeks ago.

The state is building the large complex on 16-acres of city land across from the Cielo Grande Recreation Area and just west of the Noon Optimist baseball and softball fields. It is designed to include an office, meeting and educational building; archery ranges and an area for training people on safe use of all-terrain vehicles; storage buildings; a detention pond and a parking lot.

The project, similar to another Game and Fish facility under construction in Albuquerque, is meant to have “a strong focus on conservation education and interaction with the public,” Cherry said in an earlier interview.

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The City of Roswell Planning and Zoning Department and the state department worked together on development plans. In December 2017, the Roswell City Council approved the 50-year lease of the land for $1 a year. Elected officials also received an overview of the project in April and gave city staff the approval to continue working with Game and Fish on the project plans.

City Attorney Aaron Holloman told city councilors in December that the project is a good benefit to the city, intended to be a site where educational and enrichment events are offered and in line with the type of recreational activities meant for that part of the city. The location, once part of the old municipal airport, is close to athletic fields and across the street from the city’s new recreation and aquatic center, which is also under construction.

Bohannan Hutson, based in Albuquerque, has provided project management services. Flintco, according to its website, ranks among the top 50 firms nationally in eight different categories based on revenues, as determined by the Engineering News-Record publication.

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Lisa Dunlap is a general assignment reporter for the Roswell Daily Record.