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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.
All good things take time, said someone, somewhere. And so it goes with our community project. Here’s the latest update.
Phase I, the exterior of the center, is basically complete. Dokoozian Construction has left the site and has unfortunately filed a claim against the City. Mediation on this will take place in the middle of March.
One of the lingering issues from Phase I is the fact that the windows, all 67 of them, have been either improperly installed or have been damaged; many, if not most, are leaking. The City has moved the replacement of the windows to Phase II with the new contractor, Dawson Construction. The City has recently hired an engineer, Rich Rogers, as Public Works Director, whose professional expertise should also help Phase II move along.
Another lingering issue from Phase I is that it was finished behind schedule and cost more than originally estimated. This has meant the focus has once again turned to completing the fund raising necessary for Phase II.
A request has been placed before the 2014 Alaska State Legislature with City leaders working closely with the City’s lobbyist to further our request. Hopefully this will be a successful quest. Several more millions of dollars are needed to finish the Center, but we have confidence that with our capital fund- raising campaign and our legislative request we will be able to finish this transformational project in 2015.
The Cordova Center Committee has been re-energized the last few months and represents key stakeholders within the community. Meetings have been focused on preparing for the final Capital Campaign, including corporate and local fund-raising. The Committee has also engaged with the Alaska Community Foundation to assist with management of the capital campaign funds and in the long-term develop a community funding mechanism for future projects.
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.