Center work could begin in July |

Center work could begin in July

by Kurt
Douglas County A scale model of the proposal for the Douglas County Community & Senior Center.

Construction could begin in July, if Douglas County accepts the low bid for the Douglas County Community & Senior Center.A $16.98 million contract to build the center goes before county commissioners on Thursday.Work is scheduled to be finished by Christmas 2014, according to a report prepared by Community Services Director Scott Morgan.Members of the Douglas County Parks & Recreation Commission are scheduled to hear an update 6 p.m. tonight at the Douglas County Senior Center, 2300 Meadow Lane.According to Morgan, most interior finishing, furnishing and equipment required to begin operating the center was deliberately removed from the project to help gain the most square footage.Also not included in the bid is flooring everywhere except the gym, racquetball courts, restrooms, locker rooms kitchen and jogging track. Morgan said it’s the county’s intention to seek donations and contributions from the community to finish the project.The Community & Senior Center Foundation has raised $30,000 and the Young At Heart Senior Citizen Club has raised $80,000. With 18 months of construction time, Morgan predicted there would be plenty of time to raise money for furnishings, fixtures and equipment for the center.Core Construction out of Las Vegas and Nevada firm Tate Snyder Kinsey Architects, which has an office in Reno, were the winning design-build teamCore, recently completed work on Gardnerville Elementary School.Also competing for the bid was Clark & Sullivan Construction working with NTD Architects and BJG Architecture + Engineering; and Turner Construction Co. with H+K Architects.According to the report, all three design-build teams complied with the county’s requests for proposals, but had what Morgan described as minor discrepancies.The county received more than 20 contacts from interested design-build teams, narrowed that down to nine, then to the final three.The winning bid for the project includes 74,345 square feet of space including 16,374 square feet for the senior center, 44,414 square feet for the gym, and 7,171 square feet that will be shared between the senior and community center.The design includes 5,126 square feet covered outdoor area.“The submittal by Core Construction provided the most usable square footage and contained the greater percentage of preferred building materials,” Morgan wrote in his report.The center site is located across Waterloo Lane from Lampe Park.