Rainey – Cardinal Park Baseball Facility Construction

Posted by on Feb 11, 2012

Cardinal Park wall work OK’d

Published  February  2, 2012 By Gary  B. Gray– Press Staff Writer
Rumors that back-to-back Appalachian League Champion Johnson City Cardinals  may play at East Tennessee State University’s shining new baseball facility have  proven unfounded and unworkable, at least for the near term.

When asked if anyone at anytime from ETSU has approached him about the  Cardinals sharing space with the Buccaneers at the new field off State of  Franklin Road, Lee Sowers, Johnson City Sports Foundation president quickly  replied, “No.”

Michael White, ETSU’s assistant athletic director for communications, said  about six months ago that he had spoken with Dave Mullins, ETSU athletic  director, who conveyed the fact that the university’s new field did not conform  to Minor League Baseball specs and that franchising entanglements would make it  even more difficult to work something out.

“Improbable,” is how Sowers phrased it Thursday.

The foundation, which manages the Rookie League team, has no plans to leave  Cardinal Park despite a recent survey that showed the park was not up to Minor  League Baseball standards. The results showed the 55-year-old facility was not  in compliance with a number of Professional Baseball Agreement standards. The  PBA includes contractual obligations between Major League Baseball and minor  league general managers, operators and players.

“The Cardinals (St. Louis) have made a verbal commitment to us,” Sowers said. “That survey was like a home inspection. There are some things that need to be  taken care of, but we can live with them. We’re very pleased the city is  committed to help out with what they can.”

In November, the City Commission balked at the option of forking out nearly  $1 million for major repairs at the 55-year-old park. In December, commissioners  cringed at the idea of paying Rentenbach Constructors $162,630 to tear down and  replace the left-

field wall. They previously shot down a roughly $700,000  proposal by the company to replace the wall, replace light poles, install new  batting cage netting, and perform electrical and other work.

On Thursday, commissioners OK’d a nearly $96,000 bid by Johnson City’s Rainey  Contracting to replace the left-field wall. Last month, commissioners approved a  $17,000 bid from Baker Construction to remove the old infield sod and grade the  playing surface where sediment had shifted, creating an uneven surface.

New sod will be placed on the infield only, and the job should be done in  about one month, depending on inclement weather, said Charlie Stahl, assistant  city manager.

The bid was $8,000 lower than the $25,000 estimate that had been hanging out  there for months.

Meanwhile, Stahl said a new $18,000 scoreboard secured through an agreement  with Coca-Cola is ready to be put in place on that left-field wall.

The fixes are very much needed. But the repairs have been a no-frills deal,  and workers will have to hustle to get things ready for Science Hill High  School’s varsity baseball team and the Cardinals’ home openers.

SHHS Athletic Director Keith Turner was not immediately available for  comment, but Stahl said the city’s Parks and Recreation Department has been  communicating with the school regarding possibility that the baseball team may  need to play its home games this spring on the Science Hill campus.

Science Hill High School’s varsity baseball team plays their conference home  games at Cardinal Park; other home games are played on the Science Hill campus.  The team’s first conference home game is in March.

The Cardinals first home game is June 19.

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JCMC – Rx, Gift Shop and Lobby Renovation Construction Project Begins

Posted by on Feb 11, 2012

Construction for a New Retail Pharmacy, Gift Shop and Main Lobby are underway at the Johnson City Medical Center. Rainey Contracting has scheduled completion for early May 2012.

Construction Spending Hits 17-Month High

Posted by on Jan 5, 2012

Press Release – from agc.org

Date: January 3, 2012

Both Single- and Multifamily Homebuilding Improve from October and Year Ago; Private Nonresidential Increases from November 2010 are Widespread; Most Public Categories Drop from Year-Earlier Levels

Construction spending totaled $807 billion in November 2011, the highest level since June 2010, as homebuilding, private nonresidential construction and public construction all increased compared to October, the Associated General Contractors of America reported today in an analysis of new Census Bureau data.  Association officials cautioned, however, that public spending will drop even further in 2012 because of delays in enacting needed infrastructure bills and planned cuts to many federal construction programs.

“Several segments of construction appear to be climbing out of a hole,” said the association’s chief economist, Ken Simonson. “The new year should reinforce recent year-over-year gains in apartment, power, manufacturing and private transportation construction. But November’s upturns in single-family homebuilding and public construction may not be sustainable.”

Simonson noted that total construction spending rose 1.2 percent in November from October and 0.5 percent from the November 2010 level.  Private residential construction posted increases of 2.0 percent and 3.4 percent, with gains in single-family, multifamily and residential improvements. Private nonresidential construction spending inched up a negligible amount from October but gained 4.5 percent compared to November 2010. Public spending rose 1.7 percent last month but declined 5.3 percent from a year earlier.

The construction economist added that the uptick in private nonresidential construction from November 2010 was widespread, led by manufacturing, up 12.6 percent; commercial (retail, warehouse and farm), up 12.0 percent; private educational, up 10.0 percent; private transportation, up 9.2 percent; and power (including oil and gas), up 8.4 percent.

Most public construction categories shrank over the past 12 months, although the two largest had mixed results, Simonson observed.  Highway spending increased for the sixth straight month, by 1.9 percent, but was 2.2 percent below the November 2010 mark. Public educational construction was up 0.5 percent for the month and 2.8 percent year-over-year. “Public construction segments face stiff spending cuts in 2012,” Simonson cautioned.

Association leaders said planned cuts to a range of federal building and infrastructure construction programs were likely to hurt the construction industry even as private sector demand finally rebounds.  They noted that the federal budget for 2012 includes a more than 6 percent cut for construction programs and added that Congress is years late in passing much-needed water, aviation and surface transportation legislation.

“If lawmakers don’t act swiftly, they risk undermining a long-awaited recovery for the construction industry that could put tens of thousands of people back to work,” said Stephen E. Sandherr, the association’s chief executive officer.  “These cuts aren’t helping balance the budget, but they are keeping a major segment of our economy in check.”

Johnson City Medical Center Construction

Posted by on Nov 25, 2011

Johnson City, TN – Renovations to the Retail Pharmacy, Gift Shop and Main Lobby are scheduled to begin in January at the Johnson City Medical Center for Mountain
States Health Alliance. Rainey Contracting Pre-Construction activities are
underway and renovation is scheduled for completion in April 2012.

King’s Centre — Rainey Contracting Schedules Renovation Project

Posted by on Jun 14, 2011

Johnson City, TN — Rainey Contracting has scheduled an office renovation project to be completed this summer at King’s Centre in downtown Johnson City. Rainey Contracting Pre-Construction and Design / Build activities are underway to provide new offices in this historic downtown building.

Rainey Construction Co Plans X-Ray Room Addition

Posted by on Jun 14, 2011

Johnson City, TN — Rainey Contracting begins construction activities to provide McLeod Cancer and Blood Center with a new GE Silhouette VR System. Construction began in late May and is scheduled to be completed in Late June 2011.

Rainey Contracting begins Operating Room Renovation and CT Scanner Addition Project.

Posted by on Mar 26, 2011

Johnson City, TN — Rainey Contracting has teamed up with Local Architectural Firm Ken Ross to provide MCBC with a new CT Scanner in Johnson City, TN. Installation of a new GE Light Speed CT Scanner is expected in late March. Project is expected to be completed in April 2011.

Rainey Contracting Joins AGC Tri–Cities Branch

Posted by on Feb 20, 2011

Johnson City, TN — Rainey Contracting, LLC has joined the local Tri-Cities Associated General Contractors Chapter. The Associated General Contractors of America (AGC) is the leading association for the construction industry.

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Construction Materials Cost Continues to Climb 0.9 Percent in January

Posted by on Feb 16, 2010

Press Release – from agc.org

COST OF CONSTRUCTION MATERIALS CONTINUES TO CLIMB 0.9 PERCENT IN JANUARY EVEN AS BID LEVELS FOR CONSTRUCTION SERVICES REMAINS FLAT

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