KVMR, Nevada Theatre chooses Loomis contractor
In their joint building venture, the board of the Nevada City-headquartered KVMR radio station and the Nevada Theatre Commission have selected Landmark Construction Co. of Loomis as the general contractor.
The joint project plans to replace the three tin sheds behind the Nevada Theatre at the corner of Spring and Bridge streets with a new building that will house the radio station’s broadcast studios and offices and provide additional backstage space for the historic theater.
Landmark was one of nine general contractors from the region that submitted proposals
on the project and was selected because of its extensive experience and strong management structure. In addition, Landmark’s overall fee was the lowest of the three finalists interviewed.
The firm has agreed to hire local subcontractors and building material suppliers for the project, which will account for about 85 percent of the total building construction cost.
“This will ensure that local subcontractors, laborers and suppliers get a chance to bid on the jobs that will be created by the project,” said Michael Young, president of KVMR’s board of directors.
Both the KVMR board and the Nevada Theatre Commission voted unanimously to approve a preconstruction contract with Landmark. The contract initiates a cost study and lays out the process for future bidding by interested subcontractors and engagement of the community in the building process.
The selection of Landmark followed a rigorous proposal and interview process where the nine applicants were judged on experience with complex building in tight site configurations, familiarity with local subcontractors and suppliers, competitive pricing and the experience and track record of the contractor team.
Landmark has done two construction projects at Nevada Union High School and is a member of the Nevada County Contractors Association.
The company’s senior project manager, Kevin Brennan, lives in Nevada City and will be responsible for overall execution of the project.
KVMR and the theater will be hiring a local “owner’s representative” to ensure that the needs of the two organizations, and the entire community, are met.
The two organizations have received a conditional use permit and architectural design approval for the project from Nevada City and are scheduled to begin deconstruction of the existing sheds this coming spring.
Construction will begin in the summer of 2013, with occupancy of the new building scheduled for mid-2014.
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