Phase II of Sports Complex to Begin Construction

Lincoln Builders will soon start construction of Phase II at the Ruston Sports Complex, after the City Council last night approved a proposal for a $12 million, 80 thousand sq ft activity center. Administrative Services Director Jay Ellington said the center would have six gymnasium floors, a meeting room, offices, concessions, and restrooms.

“It will be a twelve month construction, as planned currently,” he said.

Ellington said the contract used the Construction Management at Risk (CMAR) process, which solicits proposals from contractors using general guidelines, rather than a formal bid process with detailed plans and bid specifications. After the contractor is selected, the two parties negotiate a not-to-exceed price.

Recent state legislation lowered the threshold for CMAR projects from $25 million to $5 million.

“We had four proposed to us, and we worked our way and graded each of them. We selected Lincoln Builders in that process. Since then (architect) Mike Walpole, myself, and Lincoln Builders have been working through the guaranteed maximum price for this contract,” Ellington added.

The aldermen also approved an ordinance that will increase the city’s base rate electric charge by 1/2 cent per kilowatt hour (KWH).

Public Works Director Darrell Caraway said that a recently renegotiated contract for wholesale power will more than offset the base rate increase. The first full month of the new contract was June, 2020, he said.

“It shows a 1.2 cent per kilowatt reduction to the customers,” said Caraway.

Caraway said that several needed projects will be funded with the money, including upgrading street lights and substation control system improvements.

Finally, a Federal Aviation Administration grant was accepted to fully fund a project to lengthen the runway of the city’s airport by 1000 feet, from 5 thousand to 6 thousand.

The project will have a total cost of about $3.5 million.

5 Responses to “Phase II of Sports Complex to Begin Construction”

  1. Anonymous Says:

    Because what we need right now during a pandemic that the federal government is not acknowledging the severity of is to spend more money on the sports complex. Right?!?? Who’s with me?!

  2. Anonymous Says:

    Keep the businesses open. We need those dollars. Who cares if seniors are afraid to go to the grocery store? Who cares if a significant number of Super Walmart staff have tested positive and told to keep quiet or lose jobs? Real people are getting sick and real people are dying. But we will have an over-the-top sports complex. That’s what seems to be so important to our city leaders. Who cares?

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