Mesa Center for Higher Education GMP #2
Project Number CP0172
The City of Mesa has selected
Withers Construction as the Construction Manager at Risk
(CMAR) for this project.
Project is complete and grand opening was held August 15, 2013
Construction on this project began December 2012 and is
expected to be completed by July 2013.
Earlier this year, the City of Mesa signed a Memorandums of
Understanding with Westminster College and Wilkes University to
develop a campus in downtown Mesa. They both wish to jointly
occupy the former Mesa City Court building at 245 W. 2nd Street,
which is proposed for remodel and reuse as the Mesa Center for
On November 19, 2012, Council approved the interior demolition
contract for the building (GMP #1). The demolition work is now
underway. The design for the interior remodel of the building is
now complete and the associated construction contract is GMP #2.
The basement and first floor of the existing building will be
remodeled to provide nine classrooms of various sizes, four
computer labs and six science/engineering labs. The classrooms
and labs will incorporate modern technology. The remodeled space
will also include offices and administrative areas, student
gathering and study areas. conference rooms, and space for
building support function such as heating, cooling and data
The basement and first floor of the building together compose
approximately 43,400 square feet of remodeled space, The second
floor of the building approximately 11,400 square feet will not
be remodeled as part of GMP #2 and is available for possible
Exterior enhancements to the building will include a new
entryway screen wall that will incorporate signage for the
educational institutions, a free standing monument sign at the
northwest corner of the parking lot, and the addition of an
exterior seating and gathering area at the main entry to the
This project will be completed in time for classes to beginning
in the fall of 2013.
The total award amount for GMP #2 package is $4,634,065.70 based
on the CMAR proposal of $4,212,787.00 plus an additional
$421,278.70 (10% contingency allowance for change orders). This
project is funded by the Economic Investment Fund (included in
the City's Enterprise Fund).