ALBANY (June 23, 2016) – Members of the Albany County Legislature will start reviewing project bids for an overhaul of the Times Union Center that includes an enclosed atrium, digital display screens, an expanded mezzanine and other modernizations.
Albany County this month received bids for six work contracts related to the renovation of its Times Union Center. The work involves enclosing the arena’s atrium on South Pearl Street, redesigning the building’s front facade, reconstructing the staircase and sidewalks along the entrance, expanding the mezzanine level by 2,800 square feet and reconfiguring the facility’s stairs, escalators and elevators.
The Albany County Legislature’s Civic Center and Audit and Finance committees will review the bids at separate meetings next week. The full legislature could vote to award contracts on July 11, Democratic Majority Leader Frank Commisso said.
“This is an economic development project and an investment in our downtown,” Commisso said. “The improvements to the Times Union Center will allow one of the state’s premier entertainment facilities to continue to compete with other arenas, while bringing more people to downtown merchants.”
The Albany County Department of General Services received a total of 28 bids on the six contracts and recently recommended the low, responsive bidders for each contract to legislature Chairman Sean Ward. It recommended Murnane Building Contractors to perform the general construction work in an amount not to exceed $14.2 million; DiGesare Mechanical for mechanical and plumbing construction for a combined total of $3 million; Condor Fire Sprinkler Co., for $312,500; DakTronics, Inc., for the digital display boards, $803,500; and Coghlin Electrical Contractors, $1.3 million.
“We’re happy there was a lot of interest in such an important project, which will fit nicely with the new Albany Convention Center going up nearby,” Chairman Sean Ward said. “Bringing the Times Union Center up to date and up to code will encourage more people to come downtown to see sports and shows.”
The project is included in the county’s 2015-2019 Capital Plan. Environmental reviews have been completed.