Wellmont Theater

Montclair, New Jersey

2500 seat Live Performance Venue
Renovation / Restoration
Historically Registered (1922)
Public Assembly / Life Safety Issues
Construction Cost: $8,000,000
Duration: 10 months

Owner: MNR Clat Realty, LLC
Contract Format: Owner’s Representative

Objective:
Theater management chose to fast track the project by engaging the services of a small, design/build contractor on a cost plus basis. After 18 months, the project budget increased substantially from its initial $3,000,000 projection to a final cost of $8,000,000. There were significant design problems, life safety and code infractions and a proven inability to obtain a Certificate of Occupancy. Based on an initial review, The Holder Group was engaged as Owner’s Representative to assist the contractor in completing the project.

• Financial Analysis of all costs expended prior
• Technical review of the construction documents to address code and design issues
• Consultation with local code officials to determine extent of code infractions and suggested remedies
• Obtain Historic Commission approval for exterior improvements
• Resolution of substantial HVAC design errors and associated modifications to incoming electrical service requirements

Outcome:
Ultimately, and in light of The Holder Group’s findings, the contractor was released from their contractual obligations. The Holder Group engaged a new engineering firm and assumed responsibility for the construction management aspects of the project.

• Maintained operation of the Theater throughout design and construction
• Execution of the redesign process including design team selection, existing conditions documentation, design review meetings, coordination with architectural elements of construction, etc.
• Bidding and purchasing of the re-design efforts
• Construction Management of the re-construction project including on-site supervision, project management, value engineering efforts and general project coordination
• Meeting minutes, agendas, contract release authorizations, financial projections and cost control
• Preparation of documentation for legal action against the original general contractor for misappropriation of funds