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Court Ruling Allows University Construction Project to Proceed

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From the University of Nevada:

A District Court ruling has denied the request by two Reno-based general contractors to delay a University of Nevada, Reno construction project. The ruling allows the University to proceed on the project with CORE Construction Services of Nevada, Inc., a Nevada corporation since 1986.
 
Relative to this matter, the University provides this statement by Ron Zurek, vice president finance and administration:

"The University has been fortunate during the recent economic downturn to be able to construct several major new buildings on campus to meet our growing student enrollment. Funding for these projects has come almost exclusively from student fees and from our donors.

"In addition to serving our students, these major projects are a way to promote local employment opportunities for the hard-hit construction industry. Major building projects on campus have provided hundreds of local construction jobs during this difficult period.

"In selecting a general contractor for a major campus construction project, a number of factors are considered, and in all cases care is taken to identify the general contractor that best matches the requirements of a particular project. Our competitive bid processes are open and fair."

With respect to recent construction at the University:
• Since 2008, the start of the economic downturn, the University has completed seven major campus construction projects totaling $355 million. All of the general contractors selected for these projects had offices in Nevada and four were also headquartered in Nevada. A total of 205 Nevada-based subcontractors were selected and hired by the general contractors, representing 79 percent of all subcontractor work on these projects.
• Nevada-based architects were selected for all seven projects
• Nevada prevailing wage rates were paid on all seven of these major University building projects.
• These projects included $276 million awarded by the University in construction costs since 2008. More than half, $148 million or 53 percent of all awarded construction funding, was awarded to the two general contractors challenging the current award.
 
With respect to the construction project at issue:
• At its January 11, 2013, special board meeting, the Nevada System of Higher Education Board of Regents approved a proposal to construct a new Student Achievement Center to be located on the site of the existing Getchell Library Building. Designed with student success in mind, the Student Achievement Center will bring many academic and student support services together in one central location. The $36 million project, which includes an estimated $25 million in construction costs, will be supported by Student Capital Improvement fees.
• A formal, public Request For Qualification process was conducted to select a general contractor to perform pre-construction planning services for the project under the Construction Manager At Risk delivery model. Recent CMAR projects completed by the University resulted in effective management of project resources and funding.
• Qualifications for participating in the Request for Qualification process included requirement of a current Nevada contractor's license and Certificate of Eligibility.
• The multi-phase selection process resulted in the awarding of the bid to CORE Construction Services of Nevada, Inc., a Nevada corporation since 1986 with offices in Reno and Las Vegas and with extensive experience and expertise in CMAR-delivered projects.
• As a result of the award to CORE Construction, a bid protest was filed by two Reno-based general contractors. As required when a formal protest is made, the Request for Qualifications selection process was formally reviewed by the Business Center North Purchasing Department and found to be appropriate.

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