The city of Sugar Land reports that its City Council awarded a $27.9 million contract on March 1 to Barton Malow/Linbeck as the preferred Design/Build contractor for the construction of a minor league baseball stadium northeast of State Highway 6 and U.S. Highway 90A.
Fourteen companies submitted proposals for the Design/Build contract, and Sugar Land selected five finalists in September 2010. A panel that included representatives from City Council, staff and Opening Day Partners selected the preferred Design/Build contractor after it conducted interviews.
The city indicates that design-build is a construction project delivery system where design and construction are contracted through a design-builder who is the general contractor and also the design professional (architect or engineer).
The system is used to minimize project risk for an owner. It establishes a guaranteed maximum cost and reduces the delivery schedule by overlapping the design phase and construction phase of a project.
Barton Malow Company provides construction management, design-build, program management, general contracting, technology and rigging services throughout North America. With their first sports project – Navin Field in the 1930s, Barton Malow has a rich history of completing some of the most complex sports facilities in the country totaling more than $6 billion in construction. Barton Malow has a staff of more than 1,200 in 13 offices and is headquartered in Southfield, Mich., with annual firm revenues exceeding $1 billion.
Linbeck, a Houston-based construction management company, offers construction management at-risk, design/build and related construction services. Since inception in 1938, the company culture is based upon integrity and trust. Using a collaborative TeamBuild® approach and Lean Construction principles, Linbeck helps clients minimize risk and waste to achieve optimal results. Most recently, Linbeck served as the Project Manager/Tenant’s Representative for the design and construction of Reliant Stadium, a world-class, state-of-the-art multipurpose sports and entertainment facility.
Linbeck is ranked among the Top 10 Construction Managers by Building Design & Construction Magazine and among the Top 150 Building Contractors in the USA by Engineering News Record. Linbeck operates offices in Texas (Houston and Fort Worth) with operations in Arkansas, California, Colorado, Florida, South Carolina and Utah.
According to the city of Sugar Land, the stadium will be funded with a portion of sales tax revenues that may only be used for economic development purposes. No general fund tax dollars will be spent on the stadium. The city states that in addition to the stadium serving as a community amenity, a conservative cost-benefit analysis performed by Conventions, Sports & Leisure International conservatively estimates the project will generate economic activity annually of approximately $7.7 million or a net return of $169 million over 30 years on the investment of the City and ODP.
Plans call for construction to start in this spring, and the stadium is expected to be ready for opening day in April 2012.