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$298K approved for phase 2 of Outlaw Square design

February 27, 2019

DEADWOOD — The design phase of Outlaw Square is entering the finish line.

The Deadwood City Commission Feb. 19 granted permission for Mayor David Ruth, Jr. to sign amendment number two to the existing construction manager at risk (CMAR) contract with Scull Construction Service, Inc., for design development and construction drawing in the amount of $297,760 for phase 2 design of the Outlaw Square.

“This is third thing that you’ve approved,” said Historic Preservation Officer Kevin Kuchenbecker. “The first was the CMAR contract. Then we had bid package, which included the conceptual design in that, which you paid tonight. Then, amendment one was bid package one … now this is the second amendment, which is the design development and construction drawings. That will get us complete with the design side of it, except for construction administration.”

In other business, the commission also acknowledged two payments to Scull Construction Services, Inc., one in the amount of $104,881 for the first pay application of amendment #1 of the CMAR contract, and one in the amount of $126,990 for phase one design of Outlaw Square, per the original CMAR contract. Both were paid from the future fund account with state proceeds receipted to the bed and booze fund.

The Outlaw Square design/build amendment fee breakdown is as follows: architect (Chamberlin), $52,000; civil engineer (Ferber), $40,000; structural engineer (Albertson), $15,800; M/E/P consultant (Skyline), $40,000; landscape architect (Wyss), $64,000; ice consultant (B32), $14,700; water consultant (Delta), $3,000; a/v consultant (Haggerty’s), $10,000; construction manager $24,000; and sales/excise tax, $31,260, for a total of $297,760.

Kuchenbecker said that by Feb. 28 and once the design development is finished, the project will have a guaranteed maximum price, and staff is pushing to stay on schedule and on budget.

“We are working toward a foundation package for the building, which will be amendment three, bid package two, and then hopefully by the next meeting, we’ll have a guaranteed maximum price,” Kuchenbecker said. “

Commissioner Gary Todd said he was glad to hear that because he had some concerns, although he is excited about the project.

“I’m not real comfortable with this so, I don’t know where the hang-up is with getting our final bid price, we don’t know exactly what it’s going to cost us, so then we can figure out where we’re going to get the money to pay for it. But I think that’s important,” Todd said.

Kuchenbecker said that coinciding with that will be historic preservation’s match of $2 million, which will be bonded.

“So hopefully, in a couple of weeks … we should be ready for another meeting with the commission and HP that will finalize the bond package, which is critical for this because we have to come up with the matching funds of the $2 million through our bond,” he added.

The Outlaw Square project is paid for through Deadwood Historic Preservation and state of South Dakota future funds. It is located at the corner of Deadwood and Main streets and has a projected opening date of Labor Day weekend.

A $2 million original commitment was made by the Deadwood Historic Preservation Commission in the fall of 2017, contingent upon the Main Street Initiative Committee securing matching funds to get the project off the ground.

The project was greenlighted in October 2018, as then-Gov. Dennis Daugaard committed the full $2 million required to match the Deadwood Historic Preservation Commission’s $2 million commitment. Combined, the $4 million in funding brought the project to fruition.

The space will feature a multipurpose gazebo, event stage, turf, and in the winter season, fire pit and ice skating, which is slated to begin in late November.

As part of the project, Deadwood Street will be realigned to meet Shine Street, and the Franklin Motor Lodge was demolished to make way for such features as an ice-skating rink, water component, and event stage, as well as public restrooms, storage, turf, and historic features.

Ruth reminded the commission that Outlaw Square is a project that the city took on a construction manager at risk for at the request of the governor.

“This is, really, uncharted waters for us, other than the fact that we’ve only done one other project as a construction manager at risk and that was the rec center expansion,” Ruth said. “This amendment number two is the step that gives us that final price number, and they’ve known from the beginning that the construction of the square itself had a ceiling. They’ve been aware and they’ve been working really well with staff to make sure that we meet the deadline, but also, primarily, that we stay within budget.”

Main Street Initiative (MSI) Chairman Bill Pearson pointed out that the contract with Scull Construction, the construction manager at risk, contains a cost ceiling and a deadline.

He added that the synthetic ice would be a huge cost savings and that is the direction MSI is leaning toward.

“We want to do it right, we’ve got to do it, we’ve already spent some of the governor’s money, so we’re committed to the project,” Todd said. “I don’t like not being able to say no and that’s where I feel that we’re at right now.”

“We, at MSI, are definitely committed to keeping it under budget,” Pearson said.

Martinisko thanked staff, MSI, and Deadwood’s citizens.

“I don’t even think our staff had a concept of the time and the energy and the worries that have gone into this and the commitment from MSI,” Martinisko said. “It is so huge and I am just really glad that we have people watching out for our dollars, because that’s what they’re doing. They’re making sure this is going to happen the way it is supposed to happen.”

Closure of Deadwood Street continues to June 15.

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