Bryan (Texas) school board revisiting bid process for construction project after local contractors raise objections

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Thursday, July 18, 2013

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.

Though the top three companies were not named during the board meeting, Mark Dudley, president of Dudley Construction in College Station, which bid on the project, said Dallas-based Balfour Beatty Construction, Columbus-based Drymalla Construction and Houston-based Durotech were selected by the committee.

Dudley, the second of three local business owners to address the board, said the district's contract with PBK led to the choice to select a contract manager at-risk over utilizing another process that would have allowed better competition.

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