River City Construction, LLC Awarded Contract for River Campus Expansion Project
CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo.– The Southeast Missouri State
University Board of Regents today awarded the contract to River City
Construction, LLC for construction of a River Campus expansion project.
The firm, based in East Peoria, Ill., submitted the low bid
for construction of a 93,754-square-foot, three-story building to
include both residential and academic space. The project is expected to
be completed by July 2014 and was originally approved by the Board last
Kathy Mangels, vice president for finance and administration,
said bids for the project were opened and evaluated last week. Six bids
were received, and while the four lowest bids were within $650,000 of
one another, the low bid submitted was higher than the University had
budgeted for the project. The total project cost including architectural
fees, construction, furniture and equipment is now estimated at $24.9
System Facilities Revenue Refunding and Improvement Bonds
Series 2013 that were issued to finance the project totaled $23,616,000,
she said, resulting in a funding shortfall of $1.38 million. Mangels
says the University has identified additional funding sources from
previous construction projects that are in the closeout phase and are
under budget. These sources total $3.5 million, which would cover the
shortfall, while still allowing for an 8.5 percent project contingency.
Mangels told the Regents, who met by teleconference this
morning, that University officials have met with the architects and
representatives from the low bidder to discuss possible value
engineering ideas and the impact of the construction schedule. She added
that River City Construction, LLC is the same company that recently
completed renovations to Magill Hall and is familiar with the University
and understands the institution’s deadlines.
“We are comfortable with the contractor that they can meet the timeframe,” she said.
The expansion at the River Campus will include practice rooms,
sectionals, a choral rehearsal room, a dance studio and a
directing/acting studio. The first floor also will include dining space
with seating for approximately 120 people. An art classroom will be
located on a mezzanine level, and 13 faculty offices will be housed on
the second floor. The remaining space on the second floor will consist
of student rooms, lounges, practice rooms and a fitness room. The third
floor will house additional student rooms and lounges, for a total of
184 beds. The project will also include a 125-space parking lot.