Starchaser Industries seeks contractors to bid on project (January, 2007)
Las Cruces, NM - January 23, 2007 Starchaser Industries Inc., a private space tourism company that established offices in New Mexico two years ago, is seeking bids from general contractors in the region to complete the first building project at Starchaserís Rocket City.
Studio D Architects in Las Cruces recently completed plans for the renovation of an existing building at the site. These plans will be available to bonded, general contractors with the required NM GB98 commercial license. Information with regard to obtaining the plans is available by calling 505-546-3122. Starchaser is also interested in seeing portfolios of those who are interested in creating conceptual drawings of the Starchaser Rocket City development.
Starchaserís Rocket City is a long-term development project that will encompass 120 acres along Interstate 10 between Las Cruces and Deming, in Dona Ana County. "We purchased the first parcels of land more than 10 months ago and since that time have diligently attempted to find general contractors both interested and qualified in doing the first phase of work," explained CEO Steve Bennett. "We initially attempted to find a contractor that would bid for a combination design-build project, to no avail. Of those that claimed interest in the project, not one followed up with a bid for the renovation assignment. We then teamed up with Studio D to complete the design portion of the project."
The privately financed, $100 million project, which was previously estimated to require only 10 years to complete, expects to create up to 300 permanent positions, from service industry to high tech, high salary aerospace jobs with an emphasis on training local people. Phased development of the site will include rocket manufacturing and astronaut training facilities, retail outlets, office accommodations, restaurants and exhibition areas as well as a space-themed hotel with conference facilities.
Starchaser Industries Ltd, a British aerospace company, established its presence in New Mexico in response to an invitation by Governor Bill Richardson and the promise of a commercially viable spaceport to be built in southern New Mexico.
Starchaser Industries Inc. recently celebrated its second anniversary as a New Mexico corporation and has established corporate headquarters 17 miles west of the Las Cruces airport. Located on I-10 in Dona Ana County, the 120-acre site spans two miles of interstate frontage on the north side of exit 116.
Plans for this location include a Space-theme resort complex featuring astronaut training facilities, exhibition center, hotel, restaurant, and gas station, as well as rocket manufacturing and assembly facilities.
Starchaser Industries is an international company that not only designs, builds and launches rockets, but is also dedicated to providing educational outreach through hands-on student encounters and its magazine publishing efforts both here and in the United Kingdom. www.starchaser.co.uk