Messer is apparent low bidder for CAC construction

A Maryville College press release has announced that Messer Construction Company is the apparent low bidder on construction of the Civic Arts Center (CAC) that will be built on the Maryville College campus.

Bids were publicly opened by architects from McCarty Holsaple McCarty on March 6. Messer’s bid was $36,340,000. Other bids were $36,370,000 by Johnson & Galyon General Contractors and $36,690,000 by Blaine Construction Corporation.

The Civic Arts Center is a partnership between Maryville College and the cities of Maryville and Alcoa. It will serve as a venue for local musicians, performers and artists. Its design will also accommodate traveling shows and plays, concerts and orchestras, traveling art exhibits, film series, children’s plays and presentations by nationally recognized speakers.

It will include a 1,200-seat performance hall, a 250-seat recital hall, a 200-seat flexible theatre, a grand lobby offering a 250-capacity dining area, three gallery/exhibit spaces and an outdoor arts plaza that can be used for special events.

Awarding the official contract to Messer is pending approval by the Tennessee Department of Transportation, said Barry Brooke, vice president for property development and management firm Lawler Wood, which is the owner’s representative for the construction of the center.

“Because the CAC was approved for funding from the federal government, TDOT has been involved to administer funds and review plans,” he explained. “Part of TDOT’s normal process is a review of the bids, which is to make certain the bids are complete and that there are no reasons not to award the contract to the low bidder.”

Brooke said he expects to hear from TDOT representatives next week.

“If a contract is awarded next week, the construction company will start mobilizing, ordering materials to begin the construction process,” Brooke said.

Currently, crews from Blount Excavating Inc. are on the construction site completing final grading and site utilities work. Lawler Wood anticipates a 21-month constructing period, and the college is hopeful for a winter 2010 completion date.

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