Construction Update - 5/19/11
Project Updates :: May 19, 2011
On Wednesday, May 18, MMPI, along with Turner Construction Company, Minority Business Solutions, and North Coast Minority Media hosted an SBE Bid Package Event at Public Auditorium to coincide with the release of BP-22 (Painting and Wallcovering), BP-23 (Carpet), BP-24 (Ceramic & Quarry Tile), BP-25 (Terrazzo), BP-26 (Interior Glass), BP-27 (Ornamental Iron & Railings), BP-28 (Carpentry, including rough, finish, millwork, install doors/frames/hardware, toilet partitions, toilet accessories, lockers), and BP-47 (Site Work, including site earthwork, site concrete, site utilities, asphalt, and landscaping).
The event featured an introduction to the project’s aggressive and successful Community Outreach program by MMPI Vice President Lloyd Davidson and Public Relations Director Dave Johnson. The Turner Construction team of Vice President Mark Dent, Project Executive Marty Burgwinkle, Project Operations Manager John Dewine, and Purchasing Manager Dave Gruver presented an extensive overview of the project, provided detailed bid package information, and introduced the 47 invited bidders by category. Lenora Lockett from the Cuyahoga County Office of Procurement and Diversity walked through the County’s SBE program being utilized by MMPI and Turner on the project. Ms. Lockett was joined at the event by Nancy Mercado, who oversees the Cuyahoga County SBE certification program. Tia Benson from Minority Business Solutions and Lou Acosta from North Coast Minority Media were also part of the evening’s program, along with seven students from the YouthBuild program. MMPI, along with Turner Construction, are in the process of creating opportunities for Cleveland-area youth as part of the project.
More than 150 potential SBE subcontractors had the opportunity to meet with more than 40 contractors either currently working on the project or bidding on upcoming packages. SBE firms will have the opportunity to meet and set appointments with the 39 contractors at the event. The January 26 SBE Bid Package Event resulted in 180 appointments for SBE subcontractors and 20 first-time contracts.
MMPI, along with the Monitoring, Compliance, and Outreach team of Minority Business Systems and North Coast Minority Media released the first edition of a bilingual monthly construction newsletter that will highlight SBE contractors and provide important construction bid information, on a monthly basis throughout Northeast Ohio.
The Cleveland Medical Mart & Convention Center Construction Newsletter is distributed in English and Spanish to more than 5,000 SBE subcontractors and community members through community centers, e-mail, churches, and other traditional and non-traditional outlets.
On the construction site, Mall C demolition is 95% complete with the completion of the Loading Dock Connection along Lakeside Avenue. Demolition work continues on the East Stair Tower. Interior demolition in existing Exhibit Halls C and D on the lower level of the Convention Center north of Lakeside Avenue is also 95% complete. On the south side of Lakeside Avenue (the former Mall B), demolition is 95% complete, including finalizing the demolition of the Public Auditorium connector and topping slab. Crews have completed drilling 48 of the 66 pre-cores for caissons and nearly 60 micropiles have been completed and work continues on the west loading dock wall near Lakeside Avenue. Metal sheeting work moves steadily westward along St. Clair Avenue with this activity scheduled to be completed within the next several weeks.