CVHS Theater Contractor Closing Shop Mid-Project

UPDATED: EDGE Development of Temecula has numerous construction projects under way across Southern California. A new contractor has taken the lead on the theater.

EDITOR'S NOTE: Updated at 11:05 a.m. to include comments from the Capistrano Unified School District.

The contractor building the new performing arts center at  is closing shop and has walked off the job, Patch has learned.

However, an insurance company has hired a new contractor and a spokesman for the Capistrano Unified School District said the theater will finish on time and on budget.

of Temecula won the and was expecting to complete the theater by late spring. It focuses much of its business on educational and governmental businesses.

But according to several published reports, the company is in the process shutting down after 23 years.

"While the original contractor may no longer be working on the project, the district’s surety company has already identified a completion contractor (SJ Amoroso) who will utilize the same project superintendent and subcontractors to ensure continuity and the theater’s completion," said Capo spokesman Marcus Walton.

As Engineering News-Record put it: “Contractor EDGE Development Goes Over Financial Cliff.”

On its website, EDGE lists the Capo Valley High 28,519-square-foot project as one of many currently underway. Among the others are a new concourse at the Long Beach Airport, a life sciences building at Irvine Valley College and a learning center in Murrieta.  

Engineering News-Record reports that for the airport, a bond company is now making payments for the $45 million project and a new contractor took over Aug. 21.

Said Capo's Walton: "This is not uncommon for public works projects, which is why the district has insurance and a strong construction manager." 

According to an agenda packet for the Capo Board of Trustees, the school project also has a “bid bond.” However, no information was provided about the provider.

Patch asked a spokeswoman for Liberty Mutual Insurance, who holds the bond on the airport project, if the company also covers the theater project.

"We are actively investigating and addressing this matter, and as such we are not in a position to comment at this time," said Adrianne L. Kaufmann, public relations consultant for Libery Mutual. 

Earlier, the Riverside Press Enterprise reported that EDGE would be finishing out all of its current projects. 

EDGE officials have confirmed the company’s impending closure, but have not elaborated in press reports as to the reasons.

When contacted Thursday morning, an employee who answered the main phone said "essentially" only the accounting department remains in operation.

An earlier version of this story misidentified the new contractor completing the theater at Capo Valley High School.

fact checker September 06, 2012 at 11:13 PM
Is the private sector taking advantage of public funds? We need to privatize them. Oh, wait, they already are! Would vouchers help?
Capo Parent September 06, 2012 at 11:15 PM
I never said God, you did. I guess you believe God is taking sides and that it's not looking good for the incumbents.
Capo Parent September 06, 2012 at 11:21 PM
Based on your logic and reasoning the answer is yes, vouchers would help.
Penny Arévalo (Editor) September 06, 2012 at 11:29 PM
This from our Temecula Patch editor: I talked with the Riverside County Department of Education, and they said LEDCOR took over the Murrieta job for EDGE about five months ago.
Capo Parent Too September 06, 2012 at 11:38 PM
None of this has to do with the current board, but past boards. It was under the current Board that the lawsuit was settled and the Stadium and pool was finally built for SJHHS. The system itself is broken but please show me what the reform board did to change this? Because they didn't. The call for qualifications probably went out under the last board, who knows, it might have even been done under the last board for the Performing Arts center because the process takes so long. But it's not so simple and it's an issue for many Districts. But I love how the same people are putting everything on the new Trustees. The extremes on both side are just awful and you are wreaking havoc on our District. I vote for both recalls and I am much more happy with how things are going n this board, but change takes time and right now the only chaos I see from this District is coming from a small number of parents and not the Board.
Capo Parent Too September 06, 2012 at 11:40 PM
I'm appalled, it's obvious that you Mr. Lopez-Maddox are using the Patch for your own political gain and to put up hit pieces on any subject you chose. It's amazing that you are getting away with it. And how you comment without anything to actually support your points but just finger pointing? How is THIS adding to the discussion? Brilliant.
Capo Parent September 06, 2012 at 11:42 PM
CPToo You remind me of the Dutch boy who puts his fingers in holes in the dike to stop the flow of water ignoring the fact the dike has been breached right next to him. Keep trying to defend the current board, it makes for entertaining albeit fictional reading. Next thing you'll tell us is that "I'llpay" is a free speech advocate.
Capo Parent September 06, 2012 at 11:49 PM
CPToo Come on, you can't be appalled given what you've posted on the Patch. FYI, this is a public forum so your complaints and b*tching about Ken posting here are nonsensical and laughable. It would be no different if Ken was complaining about you posting on the Patch. Stop whining and write more fiction!
Capo Parent Too September 07, 2012 at 12:18 AM
Capo Parent, I am talking about his blogging on the AV Patch. And will leave it at that.
fact checker September 07, 2012 at 05:25 AM
"another sign from above"
Antoine September 07, 2012 at 03:39 PM
HEY, HEY CAPO PARENT, As a Dutchman, I take exception to your arrogant slander of the Dutch. 75% of our country is below sealevel and we have not had a dyke breach since 1954, unlike the dilapidated levies in Louisiana and the pathetic response of the Republican govt. You see, the Dutch prefer to spend their govt funds on infrastructure rather than send somebody else's kids to war based on lies while cronies make disgustingly high profits from unlimited war expenditures. Do we really want to vote the Republicans back in power in November? Hell no! By the way, a 3.3% cost overrun on a construction project is not at all unreasonable.
fact checker September 07, 2012 at 03:49 PM
Odd that a former board member doesn't seem to understand how contracts are awarded. We can say recalled.
Capo Parent September 07, 2012 at 03:51 PM
Antoine Down boy, or is it girl? (sorry I don't know) My comment was a metaphor, not a knock on the Dutch. FYI, if you're going to spout facts, make sure they're correct. The levees (not levies) in Louisiana are not dilapidated. Further, the levees in New Orleans did not fail, instead, two flood walls failed. Flood walls and levees are two different means of flood protection. As for your comments about Republicans, I'm not one, but I do find them amusing. As for the elections in November, I vote for who I think we do the best job for the position or office the candidate is running for; I don't care what their party affiliation is.
fact checker September 07, 2012 at 03:52 PM
This comment from a person running for the board seems strange. Are you aware of the way contracts must be awarded by law Mr. Reardon? Are you aware that hindsight is not how board business is conducted? Will you sue if you lose?
Capo Parent September 07, 2012 at 03:53 PM
fact checker or maybe a sign from below. :)
fact checker September 07, 2012 at 03:56 PM
Mr. Reardon, unions have no say in how contracts are awarded. Did you really not know this?
fact checker September 07, 2012 at 03:57 PM
Why does Mr. Lopez have so many opportunities to post misinformation in the form of blogs? Is there any fact checking going on or can bloggers post anything they wish?
Capo Parent September 07, 2012 at 04:17 PM
Uh, you're posting so what's your point?
Capo Parent September 07, 2012 at 04:23 PM
Fact checker Where did Reardon state that unions have a say in how contracts are awarded? Are you simply reading things into Readon's post that don't exist in order to justify your reply? Sure seems so. As to your assertion, of course unions have a say. Heck, CTA controls education in CA, and most certainly in CUSD. If the teachers union had protested the awarding of the contract, CUSD would have certainly taken notice.
fact checker September 07, 2012 at 05:41 PM
Posts are comments under articles/blogs. Mr. Lopez has, apparently, carte blanche to blog on any topic and as often as he pleases. His blogs are now veering into CUSD territory, where he is a recalled board member with ties to current members and out of district political entities. Why does the Patch offer him this bully pulpit?
Penny Arévalo (Editor) September 07, 2012 at 05:46 PM
Patch invites all members of our community to blog. In fact, you'll see "Start a blog" button on our front page prominently featured.
fact checker September 07, 2012 at 05:46 PM
The due diligence of this Board of Trustees includes provisions/insurance for just such a situation. http://capousd.ca.schoolloop.com/news/view?d=x&id=1346918977832&group_id=1218998864154&return_url=1347039758642
Penny Arévalo (Editor) September 07, 2012 at 05:49 PM
And Paragraphs 2 and 5 of this story. :-)
Capo Parent September 07, 2012 at 05:50 PM
FC Lopez has the same bully pulpit that you do so what's your point and why are you whining? As for your characterization of Lopez, that's your prerogative, even if it is wrong. As for Lopez being a former board member, didn't CTA put up $250,000 and send down two reps. to make sure he became an ex-board member? As has been reported lately, what CTA wants it usually gets. The recall of Lopez and Winsten is a prime example.
Capo mom September 07, 2012 at 06:38 PM
I think the point here IS that unions have no say in how contracts are awarded and how this money is spent, so in CUSD the union's board takes no interest is these matters. SJHHS has cost CUSD what? $200million and countless headaches and we are still struggling to complete the facility 5 years after it opened. This is shameful. What has the union's board done to address this? Nothing. The board of trustees has the responsibility of oversight for ALL issues that impact our students-not just the ones that concern CUEA.
fact checker September 07, 2012 at 08:18 PM
No vetting/editing/fact checking of any kind on those blogs?
Penny Arévalo (Editor) September 07, 2012 at 08:30 PM
No ma'am (sir). We are not paying anyone to write for us, so we only check for libel, plagiarism (and any other violations of law) and small copy editing errors (for example, the percent symbol is never used in journalism; why? I have no idea!). The authors are the owners of the content. It is my personal policy to label all blogs which originate on SJC Patch with the first word in the headline "BLOG," so no one confuses it for old-school journalism. But other Patches handle it differently. All blogs are labeled "Local Voices" automatically.
Capo Parent September 07, 2012 at 08:45 PM
fact checker Given your moniker and you whining about what other posts all I can say is start checking is"facts" and post less.
fact checker September 07, 2012 at 10:06 PM
fact checker September 09, 2012 at 05:51 PM
A pattern of following the law to award a contract to the lowest bidder? The project is on budget and on schedule.


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