06/27/1956

UCCSN Board of Regents' Meeting Minutes
June 27-28, 1956




06-27-1956
Volume 7 - Pages 249-253

UNIVERSITY OF NEVADA
REGENTS MEETING
June 27 & 30, 1956

The Board of Regents met in special session in Room 205, Morrill
Hall, University of Nevada on Wednesday, June 27, 1956. The
meeting was called to order at 2:10 P.M. by the Chairman, who
stated that the purpose of the meeting was to give Mr. Capriotti
and his attorney an opportunity to appear before the Regents to
state their case in the matter of awarding of bid for the Home
Economics building. Present: Regents Hardy, Thompson, Ross.
Mr. Grant was unable to remain over for the meeting, but had
expressed the approval of the hearing. Dr. Lombardi was out of
town. Present also were Dean Bertrand, Comptroller Hayden,
Architect Parsons, Deputy Attorney General Priest, Engineer
Poolman, Frank Capriotti and his associate Jones, Attorney
Breen, representing Mr. Capriotti, and Academic Vice President
Wood, representing President Stout, who was out of town.

Reporters Laxalt, Finch, Armstrong and Hulse covered the meeting.

Mr. Breen referred to the conditions set up by the University for
the rejection of bids, namely (1) that the contractor would not
be able to perform the contract, and (2) that it would be in the
interest of the University of Nevada to reject. Since the Capri-
otti bid was lower than the Walker Boudwin bid for Home Economics
building, a protest was being submitted on behalf of Mr. Capri-
otti on the ground that neither of these conditions were met in
the rejection of the bid.

Mr. Ross referred to the recommendation of the Committee, and
asked Mr. Poolman to present the thinking of the Committee
designated to study and make recommendation to the Regents.
Mr. Poolman pointed out the advantages of supervision, placing
of responsibility, coordination of work, and inspection which
would occur if there were one contractor for both buildings.

Following protest of these reasonings by Mr. Breen on the grounds
that they are speculative, and after general discussion, it was
agreed that members of the firm of Walker Boudwin be called into
the meeting.

The meeting recessed at 3:15 P.M. for this purpose.

The recessed meeting was called to order at 3:50 P.M.

Mr. Rodney Boudwin and Mr. Harry Lemon came into the meeting as
representatives of the Walker Boudwin Construction Company.

Mr. Breen, Mr. Capriotti and Mr. Jones returned to the meeting,
and the Regents proceeded with the hearing of the protest. Mr.
Breen called attention to the working of the bid notice that bid
could be made on either or both buildings, that his client had
bid on one building in good faith, and had submitted a lower bid
than the one accepted. He respectfully requested that the Re-
gents reconsider in light of the fact that advantages claimed by
the University were speculative.

Mr. Lemon and Mr. Boudwin discussed the bid of their firm and
indicated a willingness to cooperate in any way possible and to
abide by the decision of the Board of Regents, whatever it might
be, in awarding the bids.

With the concurrence of the other Regents, Mr. Ross informed Mr.
Breen and His client that the Board will take the matter under
further consideration.

Mr. Breen, Mr. Capriotti, Mr. Jones, Mr. Lemon, Mr. Boudwin, Mr.
Hayden and Mr. Poolman left the meeting at this point.

General discussion followed, and it was agreed that the meeting
be continued at 9:00 A.M. on Saturday, June 30, 1956, at which
time Mr. Priest will meet with the Board with research and opin-
ion from the office of the Attorney General on the Board of Re-
gents' position in the matter.

Schmitt and Nielsen Property - Mr. Thompson was in possession of
a paper from the office of the Attorney General concerning the
property owned by Mr. Schmitt and Mr. Nielsen adjoining the Uni-
versity Campus. The Attorney General's office asked that it be
furnished with the following: (1) a preliminary title report on
the property, and (2) a resolution adopted by the Board of Re-
gents declaring the need for the University to obtain the prop-
erty.

Motion by Mr. Thompson carried unanimously that a preliminary
title report from the Washoe Title Insurance Company be ordered
and sent directly to the Attorney General.

Motion by Mr. Hardy carried unanimously that the following reso-
lution be adopted and forwarded to the Attorney General:

RESOLUTION

The Board of Regents of the University of Nevada declares it
essential and expedient that, due to the rapid expansion of
the said University, additional means of ingress and egress
to and from its present Campus and lands lying northerly of
the present Campus belonging to the University, be found and
provided, and that additional parking space be acquired for
its use, that the parcels of land which it desires to in-
corporate into the present Campus, described as follows:

Parcel 1

Beginning at a point on the easterly right-of-way line of
the State highway leading N. from N. Virginia Street in
the City of Reno, said point of beginning being opposite
and radial from highway engineers station "H" 2 + 34 POC,
said point of beginning being the NW corner of the parcel
of land conveyed to Sivert Nielsen by J. N. Evans Estate
Co., in deed duly recorded in Book 68 of deeds, p. 595
et. seq., records of Washoe County Nevada,

Thence S. 89 degrees 27' E., 457.70 feet to a fence run-
ning southerly;
Thence S. 11 degrees 47' E., 147.30 feet along said fence
to its intersection with the fence running westerly;
Thence N. 89 degrees 27' W., 173.68 feet along said
fence;
Thence N. 34 degrees 16' W., 53.61 feet along said fence;
Thence N. 89 degrees 55' W., 83.33 feet along said fence
to a ditch;
Thence N. 29 degrees 41' 30" W., 75.58 feet along ditch;
Thence S. 83 degrees 54' 30" W., 137.81 feet to a point
on said easterly right-of-way line;
Thence curving to the left from a tangent bearing N. 23
degrees 28' 05" W. with a radius of 480 feet, for an
arc length of 58.11 feet to the point of beginning a
portion of the SW quarter of the NE quarter and the
SE quarter of the NW quarter of Sec. 2 T. 19 N., R.
19 E., M. D. B. & M. and containing 1.01 acres more
or less.

Parcel 2

Beginning at a point on the N. line of the property now
owned by the University of Nevada, said point being S.
89 degrees 44' E., a distance of 406.3 feet from the
center of Sec. 2, T. 19 N., R. 19 E., M. D. B. & M.

Thence N. 24 degrees 36' W., 160 feet;
Thence N. 39 degrees 44' W. along the northerly line of
the University of Nevada property, a distance of
70.81 feet;
Thence N. 0 degrees 16' E., 111.67 feet to the northerly
boundary of the Nielsen property;
Thence S. 89 degrees 27' E., 173.68 feet to the westerly
boundary of the University of Nevada property;
Thence S. 11 degrees 44' E., 261.70 feet to the northerly
boundary of the University of Nevada property;
Thence westerly along said property line of the Univer-
sity of Nevada, a distance of 90 feet to the point of
beginning;
Containing an area of 0.834 acres more or less.

are best suited to afford the facilities required to relieve
the traffic congestion on said Campus and to provide a safe,
speedy and adequate entrance thereto and departure therefrom,
that the acquisition of said parcels of land by the State of
Nevada for use and occupancy by the said University for the
purposes aforesaid is necessary and requisite.

The meeting recessed at 5:20 P.M. until 9:00 A.M., June 30, 1956.

The recessed meeting of the Board of Regents was called to order
by the Chairman at 9:00 A.M. on Saturday, June 30, 1956. Pres-
ent: Regents Hardy and Ross; Engineer Poolman, Architect Par-
sons, Deputy Attorney General Priest, Comptroller Hayden and
Academic President Wood representing President Stout, who was
out of town. Dr. Lombardi was out of town. Regents Thompson
and Grant were unable to be present, but had sent the Chairman
their authorization in letter form to proceed with the meeting,
and to cast their votes as directed by them.

Reporters Laxalt, Armstrong and Hulse covered the meeting.

Mr. Ross stated the purpose of the recessed meeting as one to
consider final action on the protest made by Mr. Capriotti and
his attorney, after deliberation and further discussion.

The matter was discussed with Mr. Priest. Following general dis-
cussion, Mr. Hardy stated that the following motions were being
made in order to expedite construction of the buildings, and in
the interest of harmony.

Motion by Mr. Hardy carried unanimously, with Mr. Ross casting
votes for Regents Thompson and Grant, that the actions of the
Board of Regents taken on June 25, 1956 in subdivision (a) page
5, accepting the bid of the Walker Bouldwin Construction Company
in the amount of $1,975,991, without any deletions, for construc-
tion of the Agriculture building and Home Economics building, and
in subdivision (c) page 5, accepting the bid of Walker Bouldwin
Construction Company in the amount of $1,666, for demolishing the
building known as the President's house, be reconsidered.

Motion by Mr. Hardy carried unanimously, with Mr. Ross casting
votes for Regents Thompson and Grant, that the action of the
Board of Regents taken on June 25, 1956, in accepting the bid
of the Walker Boudwin Construction Company in the amount of
$1,975,991, without any deletions, for construction of the Agri-
culture building and the Home Economics building, be rescinded.

Motion by Mr. Hardy carried unanimously, with Mr. Ross casting
votes for Regents Thompson and Grant, that the action of the
Board of Regents taken on June 25, 1956, in accepting the bid
of the Walker Bouldwin Construction Company in the amount of
$1,666 for demolishing the building known as the President's
house, be rescinded.

Motion by Mr. Hardy carried unanimously, with Mr. Ross casting
votes for Regents Thompson and Grant, that the bid of the Walker
Boudwin Construction Company in the amount of $1,411,381, the low
bid for the Agriculture building, be accepted and that the Chair-
man of the Board be authorized to sign the contract.

Motion by Mr. Hardy carried unanimously, with Mr. Ross casting
the votes of Regents Thompson and Grant, that the bid of Frank
Capriotti in the amount of $561,10, the low bid for the Home
Economics building, be accepted and that the Chairman of the
Board be authorized to sign the contract.

Motion by Mr. Hardy was approved that Comptroller Hayden, Engi-
neer Poolman, Architect Parsons and Deputy Attorney General
Priest retire to other quarters to go over the contracts to
determine if they are in order.

Chairman Ross filed with the Secretary of the Board, the follow-
ing papers relative to the actions taken: (a) letter from Re-
gent Grant dated June 28, 1956, in which he authorized the Chair-
man to cast votes for him as directed, (b) letter from Regent
Thompson dated June 29, 1956, in which he authorized the Chairman
to cast votes for him as directed, (c) letter from Walker Boudwin
Construction Company dated June 28, 1956, reaffirming verbal
agreement to the effect that Walker Boudwin Construction Company
will not protest in any way the awarding of the Sarah Fleischmann
School of Home Economics building to another contractor and sepa-
rating it from the construction of the Max C. Fleischmann School
of Agriculture, (d) letter copy from Edward S. Parsons to Mr.
Roy Hilton dated June 28, 1956, requesting Mr. Hilton to serve
as the owner's representative and inspector on the work of con-
structing the two buildings, (e) letter copy from Lester D.
Summerfield to Mr. Roy Hilton at different address making the
same request, and (f) affidavit of Albert L. Mc Ginty that
inspection costs on two buildings should not be increased in
the awarding of contracts to two contractors.

The Committee appointed to study and report on the contracts
with the two contractors now reported that they had read the
contracts carefully and recommended them to be in order and ready
for signature.

Motion by Mr. Hardy carried unanimously, with Mr. Ross casting
votes for Regents Grant and Thompson, that the report of the
Committee be accepted and the Chairman of the Board be authorized
to sign the contracts.

Chairman Ross accordingly signed the two contracts on behalf of
the Board of Regents - one with Walker Boudwin Construction Com-
pany for construction of the Max C. Fleischmann College of Agri-
culture building for $1,411,381, and one with Frank Capriotti
for construction of the Sarah Hamilton Fleischmann Home Economics
building for $561,100.

The meeting adjourned at 9:55 A.M.