Wednesday, February 23, 2005

The Showcase Showdown

Remember, the closest to the actual bid, without going over wins. Except in the case of the stadium, because it's just tax money. Who cares about being resourceful? (Especially when we're already over budget)

There are eight bids in for the design of the new stadium. The original deadline was February 14, but the firms were given more time because they dumped additional reporting requirements on them at the last minute.

They expect to judge and have a winner by March 10.
The choice of the stadium architect will be made by a six-person review team including two members from the sports commission, two from the District government and two from the Nationals.

Lew declined to specify the members of the team, but he almost certainly will be involved in the choice along with Steve Green, director of Development for the Office of the Deputy Mayor for Planning and Economic Development, and Nationals chief operating officer Kevin Uhlich.


  • If the District wants the stadium to be completed "on time/on budget", why the requirement that 50% of the construction workers come from the District?

    Doesn't that give any construction firm bidding on the project a huge incentive to inflate their offer? Does it have to be a DC firm and the workers can be from elsewhere?

    Cost overruns in stadium construction may just occur becuase of business as usual, government palm-greasing more than "greedy owners".

    By Blogger Brian, at 2/23/2005 9:28 AM  

  • Yeah, I certainly don't think it has anything to do with greedy owners, especially because we don't have any! :)

    I don't think the bill would've passed had it not included the DC jobs requirement. That's about the only way they could pretend to claim economic development.

    I don't think the firms have to be from DC, they just have to employ DC workers.

    I know that in federal contracts there's a whole cottage industry of front groups--whether its minorities or disabled veterans--who put in bids on contracts because they're given preference and then subcontract it out to other firms for a nice profit. I imagine something like will be done if that'll help them fufill the legislated requirements.

    By Blogger Chris Needham, at 2/23/2005 9:51 AM  

  • Contractors don't have to be DC based -- they just have to employ 50% local craftworkers.

    It'll be interesting to see the designs. I understand that they don't want Camden Yards redux, but it'd be a shame if they alternately went with a glass-and-steel monstrosity. I loved the idea of mimicking Federal Triangle -- the marble columns would really create a DC sense of place.

    By Blogger Trapper John, at 2/23/2005 8:19 PM  

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