COUNTY OPENS CONSTRUCTION BIDS FOR NEW ADMINISTRATIVE COMPLEX

COUNTY OPENS CONSTRUCTION BIDS FOR NEW ADMINISTRATIVE COMPLEX

Four construction companies submitted sealed bids to Doña Ana County for construction of a new proposed administrative complex that will be built on North Motel Boulevard.

The bids were opened in a public meeting Wednesday at 2 p.m. in the Doña Ana County Courthouse.

Commission Chairman Gilbert T. Apodaca was in attendance, along with District 1 Commissioner Oscar Vásquez Butler, District 4 Commissioner D. Kent Evans and County Manager Brian D. Haines.

The four bids received were: $20,166,000 from Wooten Construction of Las Cruces; $21,263,000 from Jaynes Construction of Albuquerque; $21,476,000 from DND Construction of Santa Teresa; and $21,591,000 from Gerald Martin Construction of Albuquerque. All the bids are now being reviewed by the county’s Purchasing Department for completeness and minimum responsive requirements.

After the bids were opened, Mark Schiff of the architectural firm that designed the 154,000 square-foot complex, DCSW Architects of Albuquerque, revealed his firm’s estimated construction costs of about $20 million.

The Board of County Commissioners will most likely award the bid at their Aug. 10 regular meeting, setting the stage for construction groundbreaking later that month. A ceremonial groundbreaking was held last December on the 24-acre county-owned site.

When completed, the new administrative complex will boast a 300+ seat Commission Chambers and modern office space for all county administrative departments, including the County Assessor, County Clerk, County Probate Judge and County Treasurer. The Doña Ana County Sheriff's Department will be incorporated into a separate but connected building on the south end of the complex site.

The county set aside more than $23 million in bond proceeds and cash reserves to pay for the new complex. Most of the furnishings for the complex will be moved from existing county buildings.

County departments not expected to move into the new complex include the Fire Marshal and Office of Emergency Management, which are located on Solano Drive in the Doña Ana County Public Health Building, and the Roads Department, which has offices and mechanical shops on East Griggs.

All of the contracting firms that bid on the complex included a listing of subcontractors, and the lists indicate that no matter which firm receives the bid, a host of Las Cruces area companies and firms will assist in the construction of the complex.

For more information, call county Public Information Director Jess Williams at (505) 647-7229. Residents calling from outside the Las Cruces area may call toll-free at 1-877-827-7200 and request extension 7229.