FLORENCE – Francis Marion University Tuesday afternoon announced that it has issued a Notice of Intent to award the construction of a new performing arts center project to Coastal Division contractor MB Kahn.
The group was the low bidder on Oct. 16, with a bid of $27,776,200. The effort to find a way to reduce the cost for the overall project began almost immediately. Their new bid is $27,722,218. Their original bid for alternates one and two totaled $1,104,398. Through negotiations, FMU officials have reduced the bid for alternates one and two down to $410,770. This is an overall reduction for the base bid and alternates one and two of $747,610.
Alternate projects are additions to the original project, such as the outdoor amphitheater and courtyard.
Construction on the Performing Arts Center will begin in early January; the final project is expected to be complete by September 2010.
The performing arts center will contain space for theatrical and musical performances, as well as instructional classroom and office space, according to the press release. FMU’s fine arts program will use the center for performances, programs and art exhibits. National traveling music, dance and theater productions will be booked to perform at the center, too.