After much anticipation, sealed bids submitted by Alaska general contractors for the Kenai River Campus Career and Technical Center project were opened on May 11. The apparent low bidder was Soldotna's Blazy Construction, Inc. at $7,140,600. The next lowest bid came in at $7,260,000.
"We are currently in a 10-day waiting period before we can award a contract," said KPC Project Manager Phillip Miller.
Blazy Construction, founded in 1959, was the general contractor on a 2005 project that resulted in the expansion of KRC's Ward Building, adding 5,000 square feet for 3 classrooms and the student health clinic. Blazy Construction worked aggressively to bring the project to fruition on time.
"Kelly Keating, owner and president of Blazy Construction, indicated he had a group of good subcontractors including many local firms. Some potential companies he mentioned were Foster Construction, Midnight Sun Electric and Peninsula Plumbing and Heating and others," Miller said.
According to the Blazy Construction website, Keating says that owner satisfaction is his biggest priority through striving to deliver each project on time and on budget. Recent projects completed by the company include the Kenai Library expansion, Alaska Christian College expansion, Kenai Lake Work Center, Kodiak Visitor Center and the Sterling Weigh Station.
"We are pretty excited," Keating said.
KRC's student housing and Career and Tech Center facts
Since its establishment 48 years ago, Kenai Peninsula College has known that the college has qualities that provide a healthy, transitional environment for students new to college. After many years of planning and promotion, Kenai Peninsula College will establish the first student housing facility at the Kenai River Campus in Soldotna. The project was part of a state-wide, general obligation bond package approved by voters in 2010 and will be ready for occupancy in Aug. 2013.
The facility will provide student housing in a two-story, apartment style complex nestled in a wooded area just across the street from the campus and the river. The $17.8 million project will feature suites that house four students each with common living area and kitchen facilities, four private bedrooms and two bathrooms each shared by two students. There will be commons areas for studying, laundry facilities, lounge, exercise room, inviting lobby with fireplace and outdoor activity field.
The Career and Technical Center will provide for continued growth in KPC's high-demand, workforce development programs in process technology, industrial process instrumentation and computer electronics. The center will support and enhance the University of Alaska mandate to its campuses to train Alaskans for Alaska's jobs. The new state-of-the-art facility will allow KPC to meet its mission and provide a facility that has the flexibility to meet future training demands as technology continues to evolve. By providing a larger cadre of highly qualified, job-ready workers, KPC's new facility will directly benefit all process-centered industries in Alaska including oil and gas production, electricity generation, seafood, food and beverage processing. The facility is slated for occupancy in Aug. 2013.
KPC has posted complete fact sheets that provide detailed descriptions of both facilities on the Kenai River Campus home page on the KPC website. The public is encouraged to review the information in order to understand the full scope of what these facilities will bring to the college. Visit the website at http://www.kpc.alaska.edu/KRC/.
This column is provided by Suzie Kendrick, Advancement Programs Manager at Kenai Peninsula College.