By Eric Jay Toll for The Arizona Builder’s Exchange
Mesa city officials want to be sure that local businesses get a fair share of the $90M Chicago Cubs training complex. Hunt Construction Group promised to do so in its contract. Now the two have joined for an open house specifically for Mesa and other Valley contractors interesting in bidding on portions of the spring training complex now under construction.
Complaints by some locals to city council members spurred the two parties to take a proactive stance on the issue. The open house is set for August 22 from at Bass Pro Shops in Mesa.
Representatives from the city and the GC will be there to answer questions and outline the various project stages open for local bids. The open house is a critical juncture ahead of Mesa’s preparations to award the bulk of construction contracts for the $99 million Chicago Cubs complex. The city is making a final push to boost the number of hometown contractors who get the bids.
Wednesday, August 22
Fine Gun Room, Bass Pro Shops
1133 N. Dobson Rd., Mesa
By Garin Groff for East Valley Tribune
Original Headline: City wants Chicago Cubs Complex Construction Contracts to go to Mesa Businesses
At least 20 percent of contracts are to go to Mesa-based businesses if the city has its way.
About 34 of 40 bid packages are still available through the general contractor, Hunt Construction Group. That represents roughly $74 million worth of contracts, said Robert Johnson, a spokesman for Hunt.
Mesa’s City Council has pressed for the local contracts as it has planned the complex in the last two years.
But the city can’t simply hand out projects to hometown companies.
Mesa is working within state procurement law and has established a scoring system that takes into account a company’s financial capacity and experience, City Manager Chris Brady said.
“This process that we’re using is a combination of price and value,” he said. “Ultimately, Hunt has to deliver this project on time and under budget, so cost is an issue.”
While Hunt is the general contractor, the City Council has final say on awarding contracts. Mesa has already awarded a grading bid for work that began in July. Remaining bids will be awarded from September through December.
Mesa also is checking with contractors to see where they’re buying materials, encouraging companies to buy products in Mesa when possible. The city expects this approach will help bring in more tax revenue as companies pay city taxes, Brady said.
Construction began in July and is expected to wrap up in late 2013. The park at the southeast corner of the Loop 101 and Loop 202 freeways is scheduled to open for spring training in March 2014.
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