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On Track for 2015 Completion!

On July 17, 2014, the city issued a Notice to Proceed to Dawson Construction for the first stage of the final phase. In light of positive City Council action and fundraising progress, City Manager Randy Robertson is firmly convinced that the project will be completed by the summer of 2015.

City  Council unanimously approved the Phase II budget at the July 16th Regular Meeting, sending a strong message to staff to move forward. With recent addition of a Professional Engineer to the city staff, Mr. Rich Rogers, combined with the Cordova Center Committee’s formulation of a Capital Campaign, and the Phase II Contractor – Dawson Construction – on board, Cordovans can expect to see renewed site activity within the next few months.  

Cordova’s State Delegates, Representative Alan Austerman and Senator Gary Stevens, really came through for Cordova this session. $4 million was appropriated by the state to the city of Cordova for the Cordova Center. This is a huge boost to the final push to completion, and the Capital Campaign can focus on the final $3 million needed to finish the project. It’s been a long time coming, but now the dream is within reach.

Since 2002, $22.5 million has been secured for the $25.5 million project budget. Now, the Phase II Capital Campaign focuses on foundation and corporate funding sources, and a renewed emphasis on individual donors investing in the community dream. Community members will start quietly closing the gap and in September, kick off the final push to the goal.

For the full press release, click here.

Cordova Center

In the dreams of the community for over ten years, the project has been a massive undertaking for the City. The completed project will host City Hall, the Cordova Library, the Cordova Historical Society Museum, and a conference center capable of hosting up to 200 attendees.

Phase I began in September of 2010 and should reach substantial completion in October 2013. Nearly 18 months behind schedule, Phase I proved difficult because of unforeseen conditions and improper installation of the numerous windows. Phase I includes the complete exterior shell of the facility - doors, windows and  site clean up.

Next up is Phase II which will include the interior spaces of the facility and the mechanical, plumbing and electrical work. Dawson Construction has been retained as the contractor for Phase II. Estimates for the final four phases are documented as PDF's on this page. Funding for Phase II is partially in place and the capital campaign continues to move us closer to our final goal. In the best of scenarios, substantial completion would be in the Summer of 2014 and in the worst...early 2015.

To see a model of the Cordova Center, stop in to the current museum and library in the Centennial Building on First Street.

September 2013 Update

Phase I is now near substantial completion for the windows.  Progress was slowed over the last eight months while dealing with the Phase I contractor to replace leaking windows in the facility. There were both installation and design issues that had to be addressed. Potential issues for claims/litigation are being addressed separately from the construction process.  The contractor anticipates being finished the second week of October.

Phase II is set to begin as soon as Phase I is complete and the windows have been certified not to leak.  Phase II involves the interior finishes of the facility – everything from the mechanical and electrical components to flooring and cabinetry. 

A funding plan for Phase II has been completed and a portion of the funds required are now in place. Additional funding is anticipated from the state of Alaska, Foundations, Corporate donors and local fund-raising.  

The Cordova Center Committee met on the 9th of September to review the Business Plan, Marketing Plan, Project Timeline and Funding Plan.  A work session is tentatively scheduled to be held with City Council on the 18th of September. Once the time and date are finalized we’ll be sure to let you know. It would be good to have a turnout of support from the community to show support for moving on with Phase 2A of the project and keep things moving!

We look forward to providing a current update at your next meeting.

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