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Contractor drops out of project

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County > Work is now suspended on golf course community building

By The Staff

Officials were hoping the new golf course community building would be finished by now.
Not so fast.
Harry Burgess, the county administrator, released a statement Wednesday, saying the contract with the contractor, Gerald A. Martin, has been formally terminated.
Construction activities have been suspended.
“At the request of the contractor, the county will enter into public works mediation to address the situation later this month,” a press release stated, announcing the termination of the contract. “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.
The county noted an outstanding construction item involving exterior building lighting as well as an ADA compliance issue with one of the restrooms. As such, the county was unable to obtain a certificate of occupancy.
Also, according to the county in the press release, “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.”
While the community building will be on hold for the time being, things won’t change in terms of the golf course’s day-to-day business.
“We’ve been operating out of a temporary golf shop for a number of years while the clubhouse has been under construction,” LAGC manager Steve Wickliffe said. “We’ll continue to do so and serve the golfers of the community and the region until a resolution is reached and we can move to the new building.”
County officials expressed appreciation for the community’s patience “as we work to resolve this difficult matter and open the new building for the enjoyment of the community.”
Work was supposed to be wrapping up in December and officials were shooting for a spring opening.
The project was approved by the Los Alamos County Council in 2010 at a price tag of $5.3 million.
The community building was designed by the Albuquerque firm of Architects Studio Southwest, with Gerald Martin, an Albuquerque-based general contractor, securing the construction bid.
Along with housing the pro shop, golf cart area and other operationally-related things, included was commercial kitchen space and a dining area.  
Last month, Los Alamos County Council approved Pajarito Golf Group LLC’s bid to operate the restaurant. PGG is comprised of Patrick Mockler-Wood, Catherine Mockler and Dorota and Pawel Listwan, co-owners of the Pajarito Brew Pub & Grill.