Two Rivers lighting project awarded

Ballrooms at Two Rivers Convention Center soon will be cast in a new light after Grand Junction city councilors on Wednesday approved nearly $110,000 in energy-efficient lighting for the facility.

R & A Enterprises of Glenwood Springs submitted the lowest initial bid of $93,112, including a 10 percent contingency. After negotiations with the city for the desired chandeliers, the price came in at $109,996.

Hometown Electric of Delta bid the project at $88,244 and Grand Junction’s One Source Lighting submitted a bid of $109,932.

City officials said that because R & A Enterprises offered a contingency fund and the other two proposals did not, its proposal was the best deal.

Debbie Kovalik, the director of the Visitor and Convention Bureau, which oversees Two Rivers, said the Grand Junction and Delta lighting companies offered “Western style” chandeliers, which did not fit into the elegant theme the facility is seeking.

“We found a way to have 45-inch chandeliers that will really, really totally change the aesthetic value of all those three rooms,” Kovalik said.

New bulbs for the facility’s northern rooms are expected to save Two Rivers about $17,400 in costs to replace bulbs and sockets. The facility expects to save an additional $11,800 in energy costs each year. Additionally, by investing in energy-efficient lighting, Two Rivers will receive a rebate of $25,249.


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