Pennsylvania Department of General Services Secretary James P. Creedon and Indiana University of Pennsylvania President Tony Atwater recently announced that bid proposals have been awarded for the construction of the Kovalchick Convention and Athletic Complex. Bids for the project initially came in at $56.9 million. The new base bids are at $53.49 million.
“We are delighted to announce that this project will move forward, thanks to a concerted effort by all parties to work together to find ways to make this important project a reality,” Creedon said.
Creedon said that as a result of extensive negotiations with IUP, contractors, and the design professional, the project went through a value-engineering process that enabled the project cost to be decreased by almost $4 million.
“Through an informed and collaborative process, IUP and DGS have been successful in reaching an agreement that maintains the scope and quality of the project, and at a project cost compatible with the university’s fundraising objectives,” Atwater said. “We have had a stated fundraising goal of $20 million. We knew that we would have to increase this goal, and given today’s announcement, we are officially increasing our goal to $38 million." » See more.
In other news, Edison International authorized a grant of $250,000 for construction of a laboratory in the John P. Murtha Institute for Homeland Security, which will be housed in the KCAC. » See more.
The complex, slated to open in 2011, will be situated along Wayne Avenue.