Bid awarded for Rogers-Eubanks Community Center

Apr. 05, 2014 @ 11:32 AM

The Rogers-Eubanks Neighborhood Association Community Center is finally a go.

The Orange County Commissioners unanimously awarded a $552,488 construction bid to Riggs-Harrod Builders of Durham to construct the long-awaited center.
“I think that once the dirt is moved and the concrete poured, then we will have made a definitive statement that this is going to be done,” said Commissioner Earl McKee.
Perkins + Will project designer Patric LeBeau worked with town staff to redesign the project after initial estimates placed the it close to $1 million. The board approved $650,000 for the project as part of the 2012-13 capital investment plan.
In April 2013 the board approved schematic plans on the center and authorized the construction documents and began soliciting bids. Public bids came in on the project in September but several were substantially over budget.
Additional costs to the RENA Community Center including furniture and kitchen equipment estimated at $33,900 and Orange Water and Sewer Authority utility connection fees around $50,100 leaving a $20,000 contingency fund of the $650,000 budgeted.
The redesign includes the initial 4,000 square feet of space and incorporates cost-savings measures such as using a more efficient and compact site, employing a more conventional structure and roof design and using a more conventional heating and cooling system along with standard building materials and components.
According to the site plan, the community center will be at the corner of Edgar Street and Purefoy Drive and will have classroom and space for office staff, a library/computer room, a room that can be outfitted to a kitchen, restrooms and a basketball court.
“This is very exciting and I’m looking forward to moving forward,” said Commissioner Mark Dorosin.
It was noted that with the approval, construction on the community center could begin as early May.