Downtown Kingman Revitalization Project Construction Begins This Summer

Published by The Bee News

June 12, 2022

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The City of Kingman has a vision to revitalize the Downtown area by improving the walkability and aesthetics for residents, merchants, and visitors while maintaining the historic character of Kingman. This will translate into a safe, attractive, comfortable complete street that connects bicyclists, pedestrians, and vehicular users to several destinations along Beale Street between First Street and Sixth Street with connections to Historic Route 66 (see project area map left). 

The proposed project improvements will address infrastructure gaps and deficiencies by upgrading the pedestrian environment with compliant sidewalk, ramps and driveways per Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) requirements. The improvements will also include landscaping, wayfinding, street furniture and other site amenities within the existing right-of-way. All these features contribute to the project placemaking resulting in development of a downtown theme and identity.

Project Steps

The City of Kingman has hired an engineering consultant (Wood Environment & Infrastructure) to develop the design concepts and detailed design for the proposed improvements. The project design phase was initiated in May 2020 and will be completed in Spring 2022. The construction phase will proceed after the design is complete and funding becomes available (see project schedule right).

Design Concepts

Initial design concepts were developed and preferred concepts were selected based on public input. Concepts have been developed into final design as shown below. (click to view larger image)

Project Status

The City of Kingman initially intended to use funds received from the American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) for construction. This would have required the project be completed as a design, bid, build delivery. The ARPA funds were reallocated which allowed an opportunity for alternative delivery options. The project team has selected the Construction Manager At Risk (CMAR) delivery method for the downtown project. This process selects a contractor based on qualifications and experience with similar projects. The City has delivered multiple successful projects utilizing the CMAR process. This delivery method provides the best opportunity for flexibility and project planning.

 The contractor will work in cooperation with the City, Stakeholders and the design firm to design, plan cost and construct the project. This process will have a design services phase and a construction services phase. During the design phase of the project, the contractor will provide value engineering recommendations to the design team. At each stage of plans, the contractor will provide a guaranteed maximum price (GMP) for construction. Once final plans and specifications are complete, the GMP and contract are moved forward and the construction begins.

Where Are We Now?

The City solicited a Request for Qualifications (RFQ) for a contractor. A single submittal was received. Based on state statutes, as well as the size and complexity of the project, the solicitation will be re-advertised in an effort to obtain multiple submittals. Once contractor selection is complete, the design and planning of the project will resume.


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