Newspaper article THE JOURNAL RECORD

OKC Council to Vote on $13.3 Million Contract

Newspaper article THE JOURNAL RECORD

OKC Council to Vote on $13.3 Million Contract

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A MAPS construction management contract with Dallas-based firm Huber, Hunt & Nichols will go before the Oklahoma City Council today with a price tag of $13.3 million.

If the contract is approved, it will be the largest professional services contract the city has awarded, eclypsing the $10.78 million agreement with Frankfurt-Short-Bruza to serve as MAPS program coordinator.

Members of the city staff negotiated with Huber, Hunt & Nichols for five months, bringing the fee down from an initial proposal of $20 million. Funding would come from existing MAPS monies set aside for site representation, general contractors and architects. Huber, Hunt & Nichols officials say the city can save up to $9.2 million through its oversight of the projects. City Manager Don Bown has asked FSB to determine how much of its budget can be reduced for services that would overlap with the firm. The contract would shift leadership of the MAPS projects and eliminate the use of general contractors at five of the MAPS projects. Subcontractor bids normally received by general contractors would be received at the MAPS office. "Their world will be more clerical," Bown said. "They will become the printing arm of the process." Huber, Hunt & Nichols would replace the MAPS office as the main communicator of information about the MAPS projects. "They will be the central point of any discussion in MAPS," Bown said. "They will keep the council and oversight board and public aware of the day-to-day events of MAPS." A key shift in MAPS leadership will take place when Bown retires Jan. 8 and Assistant City Manager Glenn Deck takes the job. While Bown hinted that administrative changes may take place in the MAPS office and Public Works department, Deck declined to comment. The council could vote on the contract today, but will likely wait a week so that the MAPS Citizens Oversight Board can review it in a special meeting Wednesday. …

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