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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Jan. 26, 2005

Review of downtown arena construction manager selection released

Today, the City Auditor’s Office released a report on the selection of the downtown arena construction manager. Mayor Kay Barnes and the City Council requested the city auditor review the process used to recommend a construction manager for the downtown arena project after stakeholders raised concerns about the selection of an out-of-town contractor. This report focuses on whether City staff and officials followed a valid selection process to recommend a construction manager for the arena.

The city auditor found no evidence that the selection process was biased toward a specific result. The City’s process treated bidders fairly, as all bidders had the same access to and opportunities to present information. In addition, the addenda changes to the invitation for bid did not alter the ranking of the bidders. The invitation for bid did not favor local bidders nor did it require bidders to identify minority-owned and women-owned enterprises in the bid. The auditor also concluded that confusion about how the selection committee scored proposals, and the role of the Anschutz Entertainment Group’s representative in the selection marred the credibility of the process.

The report includes recommendations to ensure that development agreements with partners or tenants in the downtown arena clearly define the partner’s or tenant’s role; negotiated agreements are submitted to the City Council for deliberation and approval; and written procedures for soliciting proposals for projects using the construction manager/general contractor at risk method are developed. The city manager agreed with the recommendations.

This report should be accessible from www.kcmo.org/auditor by 10 a.m.

    
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