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Working for Maricopa Community Colleges District; Higher Limits for On-Call and JOC

By Eric Jay Toll for The Arizona Builder’s Exchange

Increases in staff-generated work order limits go into effect July 1 at the Maricopa Community Colleges District. Individual projects and purchase orders are bumped from $100K to $150K with the cumulative annual maximum boosted from $250K to $350K. The new limits automatically apply to current agreements and Fiscal Year 2012-13 renewals. Job Order Contract project limits grow from $750K to $1M with no annual cumulative cap.

Marlene Imirzian & Associates, Architects, is the winning designer for the Mesa Community College student services complex. Gould-Evans and Architekton shared the shortlist for the $9M project. MI&A’s appointment requires approval at the Board of Governors meeting on June 26. The CMAR RFP is due on June 28.

New RFPs

The District plans to issue a renewable energy RFP to find alternative energy sources at reasonable costs as a part of its energy reduction strategies exploring conservation measures and opportunities. The complexity of the project required the district to issue a separate RFP to hire a consultant to write the alternative energy and energy conservation solicitation document. Arlen Solocheck, the district’s facilities, planning and development director says that MCC will release this as a come-one, come-all solicitation this summer.

The district does not want to own or operate alternative facilities, but is looking to enter into purchase contracts or PPA agreements competitive with conventional power company supply agreements.

Energy conservation measure bids were received in February and are currently being reviewed. A short list has just been announced.  AZBEX will cover the measures MCC is pursuing in an upcoming issue.

Repairs and Maintenance

MCC anticipates spending $1.4M reroofing three buildings this summer. The 36th and Wood streets office warehouse (81.3K SF) and CGCC/Williams Bluford Hall (96.8K SF), a rebid, are both expected to be available this month or in July. The MCC Building (32.4K SF) solicitation opened in May.

A district-wide JOC opened in April to generate a list of contractors and subcontractors for general construction, mechanical, and electrical work.

Glendale Community College

The delayed T1 project was split into two parts to move it forward. Part one completes the T1 remodel in the CISCO, CAD/D and engineering labs. The design team proposals were collected on June 5 and the CMAR proposals are due Tuesday.

Mesa Community College

Contractor solicitations go out this month for a 2K to 3K SF art gallery near the Art/Performing Arts Building on the main campus. DWL Architects + Planners is completing the design from an on-call assignment. MCC’s Ross Bern is the PM for the project.

The CMAR RFP is currently available for a new student services complex at Southern and Dobson roads highlights a new 17K SF building and remodeling 21K SF divided amongst four buildings. The first phase is the new enrollment building. The second phase will enclose the adjacent courtyard and remodel the four older buildings. Both phases have an expected $9M volume. Bids will be opened June 28 at 2:00 p.m.

Phoenix College

September will see the release of RFPs for design and CMAR converting the old Wells Fargo Data Center, 3700 N. 3rd Ave., into the college’s new Health Sciences and Nursing classroom and lab. Exterior upgrades and significant interior remodeling are expected. A budget of $3.6M has been set.

Rio Salado College

A $4.2M construction budget is earmarked for the new 20K SF Communiversity for the college and the City of Queen Creek. The partnership is authorized in an intergovernmental agreement (IGA) between the city and RSC will set the building on the city’s library campus. Bid solicitation is scheduled for August.

Scottsdale Community College

A $2.5M, 14K SF remodel of the Life Sciences Building goes out for bid in mid-July with an August 23 opening. The district expects to spend about $300K for design and the balance for the construction. The college’s library – including offices, stacks and computer lab – is an anticipated August solicitation. $2.8M has been budgeted for the remodeling—and includes a coffee bar. Plans are being reviewed by the Salt River Community, and their completion will trigger the bid package availability.