Laguna Vista: Bid Date on South Texas Ecotourism Center Changed to March 26
Feature Photo (above): View of the project site, from Highway 100, of the future South Texas Ecotourism Center. Image: Google Streets.
by Adolfo Pesquera
Laguna Vista (Cameron County) — The Cameron County Commissioners Court, approved a request to extend the competitive sealed bid date for the South Texas Ecotourism Center project from today to Thursday.
The commissioners took action this morning, March 24, to reset the submission date to March 26 at 3 p.m. The original submission deadline was today at 11:01 a.m.
The commissioners commented that there has been great interest in the bidding for this project, adding that due to the precautions taken because of the global pandemic submissions will be done electronically.
Per Addendum 4, no proposers will be allowed in person at the bid opening. CSPs will be opened via livestream internet feed and can be accessed as follows:
Prior to the time of CSP opening, download ZOOM App at ZOOM.us to a cell phone, tablet, laptop or desktop. For further details on joining the bid opening, go to Project ID 2018-0694.
VBX received advance notice March 18 of the submission extension and updated the database.
Elevation schematics of the main building for the South Texas Ecotourism Center. Courtesy: Megamorphosis.
The idea of wildlife tourist attraction located south of Laguna Vista was inspired by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s efforts to restore Bahia Grande, a 6,500-acre tidal basin between Laguna Vista and the Brownsville Ship Channel.
The Ecotourism Center is intended to complement the Fish and Wildlife Service’s plans for the wetlands restoration, which would eventually include recreational amenities that would allow kayaking, fishing, a walk and jogging trail, and horseback riding.
The Ecotourism Center project consists of the construction of a new approximately 7,828 square foot ecotourism facility (main building foundation area).
The main building will connect via boardwalks to several pavilions–the Bike Pavilion, Salt Pavilion, Migration Pavilion, Bahia Grande Pavilion, and an overlook platform.
Work shall consist of a cast in place concrete rigid frame structure with metal stud infill with brick and metal wall panel veneer, all mechanical, electrical and plumbing work. Site development and landscaping are integral portions of the project, and include pond, pavilions, boardwalk, overlook structure and trails.
Site plan of the South Texas Ecotourism Center. Courtesy: Megamorphosis.
Adolfo Pesquera (Reporter/Editor) is a veteran news journalist. He has worked for Hearst Corp., American Lawyer Media, News Corp and Freedom Communications. His work has been published in newspapers and magazines across the USA. He is a journalism graduate of UT-RGV. He writes, edits and creates digital pages for VBX.