Palmer Performing Art Center to begin Seismic Retrofit

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Palmer Performing Art Center has been closed since damaged from the August 2012 earthquake swarms
Palmer Performing Art Center has been closed since damaged from the August 2012 earthquake swarms

BRAWLEY – After Oakview Constructors withdrew their bid on repairing the Palmer Performance Art Center Seismic Retrofit and Modernization Project, the BUHSD board voted to accept the bid of $1,433,192 from Nielsen Construction.

Architect Jimmy Sanders recommended Nielson as low qualified bidder after Oakview withdrew due to a calculation error.

The bid included the base bid of $1,415,415 and a wooden floor (alternate add-on 3) for $17,777.

Sanders explained that the bid had gone out with three alternate add-ons, the first to replace all of the plumbing, add-on 2 would replace the air-conditioning systems and fix the dressing rooms, and the last was for installing new wood floors.

Trustee Ralph Fernandez wondered why all three alternatives were not accepted.

Finance Director Jennifer Layaye answered that even with the $500,000 state contribution, the project meant taking out a construction loan since this project with out any add-ons would zero out the Capital Facilities Fund and there were many other projects the school needed done.

Layaye said that since the wood floor was only $17,000 that the money could come from their Community Redevelopment Fund which is in the general fund. However, the board still needed a construction loan to pay for the repair of Palmer from  the August 2012 earthquakes.

Sanders expects the repair on Palmer to begin within the next 30 days with Palmer completed toward the end of August.