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Posted: Tuesday, July 16, 2013 12:00 am

The Bryan school board decided Monday to revisit the process used to pick a contractor for a $1.7 million athletic facility at Rudder High School after about 30 local contractors and architects questioned why a Bryan- or College Station-based company was not considered for the project.

Proposals for a construction manager for the endeavor that will add space to an existing Rudder field house and gymnastics facility were sent out June 25. A four-person committee composed of district employees and a representative from PBK, an architectural firm with which the Bryan school district has a five-year contract, selected three companies out of the 12 submissions through a two-step process. In the first step, the committee considered only the company's qualifications and selected its top three picks, though state law allows for a selection of up to five. The three firms selected, which were said to have had extensive experience in school construction projects, then moved on to an interview and grading process.

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7 comments:

  • Small business owner posted at 1:32 pm on Fri, Jul 19, 2013.

    Small business owner Posts: 1

    It amazes me how Dudly Construction can come about and complain that the local businesses aren't getting the jobs when they don't grant the smaller businesses the jobs either locally! Dudley Construction has won several bids and faxes them to local smaller companies when they want to sub the work out, and then those smaller companies never here back from them because 9 out of 10 times Dudley Construction will sub it out to a company from Dallas or Houston that has a bunch of illegals working for them! I get a hand full weekley about bids and if I call Dudley and ask what the status is, they always say it was awarded to another company, if I drive over and see who is working on it, its always a bunch of illegals who have to drive back and forth from Dallas or Houston!

     
  • concerned posted at 9:52 am on Tue, Jul 16, 2013.

    concerned Posts: 25

    Which local contractor built the new College Station High School?

     
  • agnerd posted at 9:27 am on Tue, Jul 16, 2013.

    agnerd Posts: 799

    Bryan has got it wrong. Instead of choosing who has the longest resume, they should first prequalify firms based on who is capable of doing the work. You don't need to hire the company that built Cowboys Stadium to build a locker room addition. After you have determined who has successfully built similarly scoped projects in the past, you invite all of them, regardless of the number, to submit sealed bids for the project. Then you open them all up at a public meeting and choose the cheapest price. Gives the locals a chance and secures the best price for the district. This method works well in the big city.

     
  • agnerd posted at 9:21 am on Tue, Jul 16, 2013.

    agnerd Posts: 799

    If quality and price are so important to you, why are you spending time on the Eagle website when you could be reading the Houston Chronicle or Dallas Morning News? Is it maybe because the local entity provides a better level of service in relation to the aspects that impact your life the most? Maybe the Eagle allows you to have a voice and provides better service to you by covering the issues you care about? If the DMN provides better quality at the same price, shouldn't you switch to their newspaper or internet site? It obviously doesn't matter that the Eagle pays taxes in BCS or that its employees pay taxes, buy houses, and spend money locally, further increasing the tax base, right?

     
  • bcsjs posted at 8:01 am on Tue, Jul 16, 2013.

    bcsjs Posts: 2

    Well here we go again. As a parent and taxpayer, I would like to know where the money for the slated Natatorium at Rudder High School went? Or is this expansion being funded with the money that was supposedly earmarked for the pool? Isn't it interesting that we need an expansion for Football and Gymnastics which at this point are the two successful athletic programs at the school.

    So far as the construction companies go, put on your big boy pants and be part of the competition. Your companies are not bound by city limits so y'all can get "experience" building schools and remodels elsewhere.

    We shouldn't have to settle on B/CS construction companies just because they are from our area. The last time I had a home built I looked for the company that could build a quality home at a price I thought was fair. And guess what, I'm still paying taxes on the appraised value.

     
  • Brazos County Citizen posted at 7:05 am on Tue, Jul 16, 2013.

    Brazos County Citizen Posts: 388

    Many construction companies these days are able to low bid because they hire a lot of workers whose only means of getting "home" is riding a bicycle.

     
  • hotdog posted at 6:36 am on Tue, Jul 16, 2013.

    hotdog Posts: 1018

    This is a no-brainer which is why the BISD and Super fit so well. Let me think who employs local people and pays local school and spends money here in our cities. Hmmm let me think on this[smile]

     

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