County picks construction manager

By Tonya Fennell: CNJ staff writer

DAVTEK Corp. of Clovis was chosen Wednesday to serve as construction managers for the county’s Special Events Center.

As construction managers, DAVTEK will be responsible for keeping the $6.8 million county project within budget, monitoring progress, maintaining safety regulations, managing subcontractor bids, and permitting and licensing of the project, according to Curry County Finance Director Mark Lansford.

Lansford estimated DAVTEK’s fee plus expenses would cost taxpayers about $450,000. He said the county should finalize the contract in the next couple weeks.

The 85,000-square-foot Special Events Center will be built on a parcel of land located on the west side of the Curry County Fairgrounds.

Curry County Manager Dick Smith said the grading of the site and excavation of the ground floor by the county road department is expected to begin later this month. Once construction begins, the project is expected to take a year to complete.

Lansford said the two companies that submitted proposals for construction manager’s job were rated in the following five areas:
— expertise
— capability to perform the service, including amount and qualifications of staff
— past record of performance
— proximity and familiarity of area where project is being built
— fee

The Special Events Center will be used for a variety of events, including concerts, rodeos and monster truck shows. The building will also feature two flooring options to accommodate different types of events. A dirt floor will be used for equestrian events, and a hard, snap-together floor will be installed for concert-type events.

The Special Events Center is expected to create 20 full-time jobs and have an estimated annual economic impact in Curry County of between $50 million and $100 million after becoming fully functional, according to Smith.