FLX Welcome center sketch

A sketch of the interior of the Finger Lakes Welcome Center, which is projected to open next month.

QUESTION: It seems like Massa Construction (of Geneva) gets all the building projects in the city. How did they get the Finger Lakes Welcome Center bid?

City Comptroller Adam Blowers said it’s as simple as this:

“All of our capital projects are bid, so whoever comes in with the lowest bid is the one who gets the project,” he said.

And that would be Massa.

Blowers provided the bidding numbers for the project, and Massa’s $2,329,000 bid for the general construction contract bested Auburn’s Bouley Associates by $64,000 ($2,393,000).

Other parts of the project to convert the former city visitors and events center into the FLX Welcome Center included plumbing and sprinklers, HVAC and electrical.

Landry Mechanical Contractors was the low bidder on both the plumbing and sprinklers ($131,000) and HVAC ($102,000).

Kaplan-Schmidt Electric was the low bidder for electrical ($271,500).

Blowers noted that bidding does not include all costs associated with the project.

“The construction costs were just part of it,” he said. “There was also architectural, technology and several other costs that figured into the state’s $5 million budget, which will be reimbursed by the state.”

Chrisanntha Construction Corp. is serving as the Finger Lakes Welcome Center’s project manager and handled the bidding for the city as well.

The renovated space, which the state is renting from the city, will feature I Love NY Kiosks with videos and directions to the Finger Lakes tourism destinations. A Taste NY market showcasing local food, wine, beer, cider and spirits from across the Finger Lakes will be featured as well.

A café is planned, as are a children’s playground and charging stations for electric vehicles.

An addition to the building will feature bathrooms with extended hours for those using the center and Lakefront Park.

The Welcome Center is projected to open in May.

Additionally, the Geneva Farmers Market will host a second market location adjacent to the welcome center on Saturdays starting June 23.

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