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Work suspended on golf course community building

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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 R, Martin, has been formally terminated.

Construction activities have been suspended.

The rest of the statement read, “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. “

 Work supposedly wrapping up in December and officials were shooting for a spring opening.

The project was approved by the Los Alamos County Council in 2010 for $5.3 million. It was designed by the Albuquerque firm of Architects Studio Southwest with Gerald Martin, an Albuquerque-based general contractor, securing the construction bid.

Golf pro Donnie Torres said  back in December the eastern side of the structure will feature storage for a fleet of golf carts, golf pro shop, small offices and a conference room for staff. The western side includes a large meeting space that can be booked by golfers or the general public for tournaments, events or meetings.

Also included was commercial kitchen space along with a dining area.  

In June, 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.