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RFP Issued for Proposed Indoor Sports Complex
Posting Date: 07/16/2012

By Barbara Ellestad

The long-awaited Request for Proposal for the proposed Mesquite Indoor Sports Center was issued Thursday, July 12 by City officials to two Design-Build (D-B) teams.

The City Council approved two D-B teams at its Mar. 12 meeting. Pride Contractors/Forsgren Associates and CORE Construction/Tate Snyder Kimsey must submit their proposed designs to the City by Aug 14. Should the Council decide to go forward with the project, they are scheduled to select the most qualified applicant at their Sept. 11 meeting. The tentative timeline given in the RFP shows a construction completion date of Mar. 1, 2013.

While several Councilmen and Mayor Mark Wier have indicated they are strong proponents of building the proposed sports complex, most of them have said their final decision will be based on the cost estimates of both building the facility and future operations and maintenance costs.

Indeed, one of the RFP's requirements is for the D-B teams to submit “a report detailing the building and surrounding property operation and maintenance costs for a 25-year operational use period. The costs should be broken down into different categories and shown on an annual basis.”

The RFP only lists one proposed location for the facility and that is adjacent to the Mesquite Sports and Events Center located at the base of the Flat Top Mesa. In separate interviews with Wier and Councilmen KraigHafen, George Rapson, GenoWithelder, and Al Litman, they all indicated they were willing to consider alternate locations for the facility. “Because of how the Council approval was framed back in March, if we had included alternate locations in the RFP we would have had to start all over,” Wier told the MCJ.(Councilman Karl Gustaveson declined to be interviewed by the MCJ.)

City Staff has previously pegged the estimated cost of the facility at $5 million. That is the minimum amount necessary under Nevada Revised Statutes to qualify the project as a ‘design-build’ concept. It is possible to continue it as a design-build project even if it the cost estimates come in lower than $5 million.

The RFP requests information from the D-B teams for the overall project cost. “This is the maximum amount that the Design-Build Team would charge to perform the work outlined in the proposal, excluding any amount related to costs that may be incurred as a result of unexpected conditions or occurrences as authorized by the contract. This maximum amount may or may not include certain bid alternatives.”

The RFP also says, “The overall project cost that is submitted needs to be broken down into a line-item submittal.”

City Staff previously suggested that the remaining $2.5 million in the Redevelopment Agency bond fund be used to help fund the facility. Other sources of money include $250,000 from the Street Maintenance fund, $250,000 from the Vehicle/Equipment Replacement Fund, and $100,000 from the Residential Construction Tax Park Fund as possible ways to reach the required $5 million dollar threshold.

See Mesquite Citizen Journal story Staff Proposes Raiding Department Budgets for MISC Funding.

Other proposed funding sources from previous Council meeting background material include:

Funding Source


Original Proposed Funding Sources



Pride Contractors (JDA)


MesTech (JDA)


RDA Bond, 2009 Series


RDA, Property Tax


Additional Potential Funding Sources

Street Maintenance Fund


Vehicle/Equip Replacement Fund


Residential Construction Tax Park Fund




Total with Bond

$5 mil to $11 mil

Total without Bond

$5 mil to $5.150 mil

Click here for a copy of the proposed funding sources made available in the Spring. The $350,000 listed from NCS (Nevada Community Solutions) is no longer available since the City Council cancelled its land development agreement with the company several months ago.

During the Council’s budget hearings in May, Councilman George Rapson stated that after the replies are received from the two design/build teams, the costs will be presented to the Council who will then decide whether to go forward with the project. "They will come back with the costs and designs and then we will discuss the potential funding," Rapson reiterated.

No funding for the proposed event center wasincluded in the budget for Fiscal Year 2012-13, other than the $25,000 for each D-B team’s proposal work, for a total of $50,000.

See Mesquite Citizen Journal story Council Approves Design/Build for MISC - Videos.

The RFP document also says “the rough and final grading, technical drainage study, necessary permitting and site work necessary to complete the project should be included in theoverall project cost.”

Other design requirements listed are sidewalks, curbing, parking lot, landscaping, and facility uses. The facility use requirement says, “The primary use of this facility will be for indoor athletic events. The facility can also be programmed to allow for other large scale events to be held in the structure. Programming should allow for maximum flexibility and ease of use when changing from one use to another.”

The structure size requirement says “The main field should be able to house at least a full-size football field with endzones with comfortable room for about 1,500 spectators with removable seating on one side and a team area on the other side (i.e. approximately an area of 85,000 square feet. The sidewalls should be approximately 30 feet high with straight walls. At the center, the interior ceiling should be approximately 70 feet high.”

Two requirements address the type of flooring the City is seeking in the RFP. “The main field should be at least a full-sized football field with comfortable room for spectators, seating around the outside edges and made of synthetic turf. The size of turf and turf design should be able to accommodate four small soccer fields.”

The second requirement describes the appropriate floor covering saying, “Because of the multi-use nature of this facility, a sectional floor covering that allows for other uses is necessary. The floor covering should be simple to assemble, disassemble, maintain, and store.”

One of the alternatives listed in the RFP calls for a concrete floor. “The MISC could be used for a variety of uses and events. Some of those uses may require a solid concrete floor capable of supporting heavy construction equipment, large trucks and the like. The concrete floor should be six inches thick and a 4” x 4” wire mesh or equivalent.”

Support facilities included in the RFP include restrooms, separate team rooms, green rooms to accommodate performing artists, lockable concession stands, a medical room, and administration and security offices.

In addition to the concrete floor alternative, the RFP lists five other possible alternatives for the design: Bleacher seating for 1,200 people; two-story support structure with an observation deck on top of the structure; filming nests; scoreboards; and a public announcement system. The RFP calls for the proposal submission to include separate bids for each of the alternatives.

Each D-B Team will receive a minimum of $25,000 for their work on the RFP. If the City Council actually approves the construction of the proposed facility, the winning team will receive their $25,000 as part of the overall costs.

Click here to access a copy of the RFP.


  • Posted Date: 07/16/2012
    Why not build an southwest/ desert arts museum that we could all enjoy? It would attract a different type of visitor who might actually stay in a hotel, Vs staying at a friends or driving home to southern Utah, eat out in restaurants other than fast food places, and help make Mesquite a resort destination, rather than Utah's annex? How many Mesquite residents are going to benefit from this sports complex?
    By: J
  • Posted Date: 07/16/2012
    Barb, No matter where the proposed tent might go if it is approved, I am still against this project. I get the feeling that it has a good chance of approval, but not with my vote. I believe there are too many cons and very few positives. Yes, downtown would probably be a better place to put it, again, assuming it passes. Al Litman
    By: Al Litman
  • Posted Date: 07/16/2012
    Councilman Karl Gustaveson refused to be interviewed on this subject? Every elected official made his position known but Gustaveson refused? Time for him to go away. That is not how transparency works.
    By: Vic M
  • Posted Date: 07/16/2012
    Lets get this out of the way right off the bat. Any Mesquite resident who would vote for a new bond to pay for this is crazy. The city couldn't get rid of the ROW tax so let private enterprise pay for this project. No new taxes. Where is the Tea Party?
    By: Larry
  • Posted Date: 07/16/2012
    " Should the Council decide to go forward with the project, they are scheduled to select the most qualified applicant at their Sept. 11 meeting". Considering the long term damage this could do to the City budget, scheduling it for 9-11 seems appropriate.
    By: Andrew Newcom
  • Posted Date: 07/16/2012
    A town, a tent, built on sand,. Sometime slick ideas work, and sometimes the are just slick ideas. As foundations go, Mesquite is built in the sand, great for seniors and beauty lovers. With little prior investment in community colleges, public health, or the arts, what can you expect? Still. beauty, lovers, gamers and seniors are good business. Though quite unsuitable for our new Mayor and Council. Their answer, to bring instant prosperity--- a tent! Is this a base for true economic growth? A future based on the odd soccer road trip? The solid proverbial foundation here again ignored . We need secondary schools , community refurbishing. This leads to a skilled base economy. Mesquite , is a town built on gambling in the sun,, Mayor, and a few Councilman, continue to gamble
    By: plain ol Doug
  • Posted Date: 07/16/2012
    Why not gamble, it's other peoples money!
    By: SamKnows
  • Posted Date: 07/16/2012
    Andrew, having lost a friend working at Cantor Fitzgerald on the 101st floor, I consider your reference sickening. Out of respect, I would expect you to retract such a horrible reference.
    By: BadChoice
  • Posted Date: 07/16/2012
    Bad Choice, we have all lost close friends over the years, starting with the Vietnam War. There was no disrespect meant or implied toward the victims of 9/11, and unless you are a regular listener of Rush Limbaugh, I cannot fathom how you took it that way. I won't speculate which side of the "tent" issue you are on.
    By: Andrew Newcom
  • Posted Date: 07/16/2012
    Andrew, you could’ve stopped before ridiculously politicizing a personal situation and kept it simple. Enough said.
    By: BadChoice
  • Posted Date: 07/16/2012
    I am all for the tent just charge users enough money to make it pay for itself. Don't let Dangerfield have anything to do with it.
    By: Nick
  • Posted Date: 07/17/2012
    Councilman Karl Gustaveson refused to be interviewed for this story? Pay attention folks. That's YOUR councilman refusing to talk to YOU. Despicable.
    By: Tyrone
  • Posted Date: 07/17/2012
    And Nick is right...keep Dangerfield FAR from this project.
    By: Tyrone
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