January 30, 2015
ALBANY CONVENTION CENTER AUTHORITY AWARDS $17.5 M IN CONTRACTS; CONSTRUCTION TO START IN MARCH
ALBANY, N.Y. - The Albany Convention Center Authority (ACCA) announced today that it has, after a public bidding process, entered into three contracts with New York State firms for site excavation and the construction of piles, concrete foundations and structural steel portions of the Albany Capital Center project.
The $17.5 million in contracts awarded today amounts to 35% of the total project cost and is within the project budget. Working closely with NYS Office of General Services in securing approvals for the remainder of the design, contracts for the balance of the project will be bid in February and March, with the start of construction slated for March.
The project is benefiting from an aggressive bidding process, and the utilization of multiple contracts provides greater possibilities to engage more local firms and the local workforce. The Albany Capital Center will employ, on average, nearly 150 skilled craftsmen representing some 14 construction trades, over a 2 year period.
"As a direct result of Governor Cuomo's support and leadership, the much anticipated and critical start of construction on the Albany Capital Center is now a reality. The approval of contracts that are within budget and the start of construction in the coming weeks will bring jobs, economic benefit, and contemporary meeting and convention facilities to Albany and the Capital Region" said Gavin Donohue, Chairman of the ACCA Board.
"Today is the beginning of a long awaited and much anticipated project, The Building Trades are thankful that we stuck by the Authority when many naysayers sounded the death-knell of this dream. We look forward to working with Gilbane Construction, The Authority and the community over the coming months to provide work opportunities for our community" said Jeffery Stark President, Greater Capital region Building & Construction Trades.
The Albany Capital Center will provide 84,000 sq. ft. of convention, ballroom, and meeting space with on-site parking and direct connections to the Empire State Plaza, The Egg, and the Times Union Center via a completely renovated, convenient, and enclosed walkway with connections to the Renaissance Albany hotel at the former Dewitt Clinton site being developed by BBL Hospitality.
ABOUT THE ACCA:
The Albany Convention Center Authority was organized in 2006 as a public benefit corporation under the New York State Public Authorities Act. The authority was created to meet an immediate need to institute a comprehensive, coordinated program of convention activities in the City of Albany. The ACCA and its nine member executive board are to provide the City of Albany with the ability to develop, renovate and undertake economic development projects in the historic downtown area to optimize the economic and social activities of the city and its environs.