Almost two years after construction at El Paso County’s Sportspark was put on hold, the project is moving forward with an expected completion date of May 3rd. The County Commissioners Court on Tuesday approved a $2.37-million contract with Jordan Foster Construction to complete the project that stopped in February 2014 when the former contractor, Sunlight Enterprises, failed to finish it despite several contract extensions.
The contract includes $212,000 for possible unexpected work, said lawyer Frank Ainsa, who represented the County in the contract negotiations. If the contingency funds are not used, that would reduce the contract price, he said. A notice to proceed was issued Wednesday by Carl Daniel Architects — the firm that was hired early this year to design and oversee the troubled project — for Jordan Foster to do some work in preparation for starting construction on January 4th, Ainsa said.
The May 3rd completion date is subject to extension by change order “if something were to be discovered that would actually cause a delay to the contractor,” Ainsa said. “As it stands right now, the contractor and the architect have done extensive investigations and we’re hopeful that there won’t be any delays, but there could be. I just have to advise the court of that,” he said.
The Commissioners Court also gave the county’s public works director, Pat Adauto, the power to authorize change orders to either increase or decrease the cost of the contract up to $50,000 — not to exceed a total amount of $212,677. “The last thing we want is for the work to stall and so we are delegating some of that authority,” County Judge Veronica Escobar said.
The project at the Sportspark began in October 2012 and was supposed to take eight months to complete. Commissioner Carlos Leon, who represents the area in which the Sportspark is located, said he is confident Carl Daniel Architects and Jordan Foster will deliver a high-quality product. “I’m elated that we finally got this program rolling, that our constituents in the very near future will be able to enjoy a beautiful park,” Leon said.
The 45-acre Sportspark remediation project, at 1780 North Zaragoza in El Paso, will include new batting cages, a two-story clubhouse, a new entrance, new administrative offices, a new ticket booth and family restrooms, plus landscaping and irrigation, site work, three site ponds, and road work.