Council OKs construction manager for sports center, MERIT Center projects

MARSHALL – The city of Marshall is another step closer to construction of an amateur sports facility and expansions at the Minnesota Emergency Response and Industrial Training Center, after Tuesday’s meeting of the Marshall City Council. Council members voted to approve the Bossardt Corporation of Bloomington as construction manager as agent for the two projects, pending a review of the contract.

Marshall Public Works Director Glenn Olson gave city council members an update on planning for the two projects. The respective planning boards for the sports center and MERIT Center projects decided to put forward a request for proposals for a construction manager as agent. A construction manager as agent would essentially take the place of a general contractor in the design and construction process for the two projects, Olson said. Olson said this wasn’t the usual process for Marshall municipal projects, but there had been positive results.

Olson said a combined sports facilities/MERIT Center committee reviewed eight proposals and interviewed four firms on Feb. 4. Of the firms interviewed, Bossardt Corporation and Kraus-Anderson of Rochester were asked to submit information on their proposed fees.

The committee recommended entering negotiations with Bossardt for a $478,000 contract for pre-construction and construction of the sports center and entering into a $15,000 contract for pre-construction services for the MERIT Center.

Bossardt has served as construction manager for several sports complex projects, including the Redwood Falls community center and ice arena and ice arena reconstructions and renovations in Minnetonka and Victoria. The company has also managed construction of fire stations and safety training facilities in Minnesota.

Council member John DeCramer said the comments the committee heard on Bossardt’s work on the Redwood Falls ice arena were “very favorable.” Olson also said Bossardt’s proposed fees were the lower of the two firms.

Council members voted to award a construction manager contract to Bossardt, subject to a final review by the city attorney.

The council passed several resolutions awarding bids for street, sewer and utility projects. Among the projects addressed included the replacement of equipment at the city wastewater treatment plant, sewer improvements on West Main Street, and sanitary sewer, water and street reconstruction on West Redwood Street, North 3rd Street and West Marshall Street.

Olson said the West Redwood/North 3rd/West Marshall project would be challenging because it would affect intersections on East College Drive. He said the city will need to detour traffic while those intersections are worked on. Access to businesses on College Drive would be maintained, he said, but customers may need to use parking lot entrances not located on College Drive.