County Issues Statement Regarding Termination of Contract for New Golf Course Community Building

By HARRY BURGESS
Los Alamos County Administrator

Construction activities at the Golf Course Community Building have been suspended and the County has formally terminated the contract with Gerald A. Martin, the contractor for the project.

At the request of the contractor, the County will enter into public works mediation to address the situation later this month. The County moved to end the contract after the project manager became concerned about an apparent lack of progress being made on the building. The contractor vacated the work site approximately three weeks ago.

An outstanding construction item involving exterior building lighting as well as an ADA compliance issue with one of the restrooms has resulted in the County being unable to obtain a certificate of occupancy. In addition to addressing these items, the scope of work requires the former Pro Shop adjacent to the building to be demolished and cleared to allow construction of additional parking.

The County is evaluating the most cost effective method to finish the project, seeking to balance the needs of the community against the preservation of the project budget and the taxpayer’s investment.

I appreciate the community’s patience and understanding as we work to resolve this difficult matter and open the new building for the enjoyment of the community. As additional information becomes available, it will be announced to the media and posted on the project webpage.

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