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$20M of $99M Cubs Project Committed to Mesa Subs

By Gary Nelson for The Arizona Republic

Original Headline: Chicago Cubs stadium construction in Mesa has local emphasis

A bird’s-eye view looking west of the future Chicago Cubs’ spring training facility in Mesa. Photo Credit: City of Mesa

Mesa and the general contractor building the Chicago Cubs stadium are renewing their commitment to include local firms in the $99 million project. City engineer Beth Huning said the general contractor, Hunt Construction Group, has been committed from the outset to using Mesa businesses for at least 20 percent of the work.

Direct Contact for Subs for Cubs

Robert Johnson, a spokesman for Hunt, said several Mesa companies have won subcontracts for the project’s first phases, and a decision is pending on which Mesa firm will get more than $1 million worth of business for pipes.

Johnson said companies wanting a share of the project can Jeff Zunino, 602-225-9500 or jrzunino@huntconstructiongroup.com.

Mistake Causes Mesa Paver to Lose Bid Opportunity

Questions about to what degree Mesa companies will share the work arose after local contractor Randy Blount complained to city officials in an e-mail that his company had been left off the list of potential bidders for grading the site.

The $8.6 million contract for demolition, grading and utility infrastructure at Riverview was awarded by the City Council this month.

Hunt Meeting Mesa Sub Commitment

“When Hunt Construction Group was selected by the city to build the new spring-training home of the Chicago Cubs in Mesa, our team committed to hiring as many qualified Mesa-based contractors as possible to help deliver the project,” Johnson said. “Already, with only five of approximately 40 bid packages awarded, we have had success meeting that commitment to hire Mesa-based firms.”

So far, Johnson said, almost half of the $1.2 million contract awarded for site utilities will be performed by Mesa companies. About 21 percent of the demolition and mass excavation budget will be spent with Mesa businesses.

Other Mesa firms have won bids for trash removal, fencing, communications, surveying and stormwater pollution prevention.

Brady said, Mesa firms need to understand that “at the end of the day we still have to go with the most responsive low bid.”

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