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MOR Signs Historic Contract

The Redlands Historical Museum Association, Inc. (RHMA) has signed an historic contract with Tilden-Coil Constructors, Inc. to begin the Museum of Redlands (The MOR) renovation project. Located at 700 Brookside Ave, the former Redlands Daily Facts building has been reimagined as a state-of-the-art facility designed to honor the past and participate in the future of the entire Redlands community.

Photo above: Matt Breyer, left, Tilden-Coil Constructors project executive, and Steve Stockton, Redlands Historical Museum Association president, sign the Museum of Redlands renovation pre-contract agreement, wearing COVID-19 protection masks throughout the meeting.

The Pre-Construction contract directs the Tilden-Coil team to perform a detailed construction cost estimate of the current construction documents. This estimate will provide the museum with an accurate understanding of the construction costs given the current market conditions. This will be the basis for deciding the scope and sequence of the construction of the museum.

Tilden-Coil has over 80 years of experience with construction projects in the Inland Empire. In Redlands, the company added the wings to the Lincoln Shrine in 1998 and replaced the tower on the A.K. Smiley Public Library in 2002. Tilden-Coil has also worked on a number of projects with the University of Redlands, most recently the Center for the Arts.

Photo Above: Board members of the Redlands Historical Museum Association/Museum of Redlands wear masks and spread out six feet apart in the Contemporary Club to discuss singing a pre-construction contract with Tilden-Coil Constructors. Seventeen board and committee members wore masks in the room, with another 10 visible and audible on the stage screen via Zoom so that all could vote on the contract.

The RHMA was formed over twenty years ago by Nelda Stuck and Liz Beguelin with the goal of developing a place to preserve and display the many interesting and important pieces of art and objects tied to Redlands history. Several locations were proposed over the years but nothing came to fruition until 2014 when the Redlands Daily Facts building became available. Redlands residents Clara Mae Clem and Tim and Carol Rochford donated the funds to purchase the building and the vacant lot next door.

Many volunteers have spent the past six years conceptualizing, raising money and working with the Los Angeles architectural firm Johnson Favaro. The MOR will be a cultural center for the town as well as a place to display the past. To date, over $12 million dollars has been raised. The plans are finalized and the building permit is moving through the city process.

The $37,000 contract with Tilden-Coil is a negotiated contract. It calls for the construction firm to spend the next three to four months getting bids from subcontractors and suppliers so that RHMA will know if there is enough money for a full or partial build-out of the project with current costs. Once complete, the museum will have a planning document with a “do not exceed” price.

Tilden-Coil Project Executive, Matt Breyer, a third generation Redlands resident, will oversee the contract. He was involved most recently with the construction of the Learning Center/Library and Olympic Pool at Crafton Hills College. Breyer said, “Tilden-Coil is pleased and excited to support another non-profit project in Redlands and to be part of this new legacy for the town.”

Steve Stockton, President of the RHMA said, “In the midst of all the difficult news of the current time, it is nice to be able to take the long view and see how this new iconic feature for the City of Redlands will represent our generation’s spirit and generosity. The Museum of Redlands will join the cultural icons of the past as we look to the future.”

Photo above: Matt Breyer, left, Tilden-Coil Constructors project executive, and Steve Stockton, Redlands Historical Museum Association president, sign the Museum of Redlands renovation pre-contract agreement, taking off their COVID-19 protection masks briefly for this historic photo.

The historic meeting was held on June 3, 2020. Seventeen board members and guests, wearing masks and practicing social distancing, attended in person at the Contemporary Club. Ten others joined online.

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