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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Aug. 11, 2004

Program management team selected for downtown arena

The “KCArena PM Team” has been selected to provide program management for the newly approved downtown arena. The team is made up of several companies including: Burns & McDonnell, Kansas City, Mo.; PC Sports, San Antonio; and HNTB, Kansas City, Mo.

The team was selected from seven companies or teams interviewed Aug. 6 by a committee appointed by City Manager Wayne A. Cauthen. The committee included Cauthen, Mayor Kay Barnes, First District-at-Large Councilwoman Deb Hermann, Assistant City Manager Rich Noll, Convention and Entertainment Centers Director Oscar McGaskey, Public Works Acting Director Stan Harris, and City Planning and Development Acting Director Bob Langenkamp. An advisory committee that included additional City, community and business representatives also sat in on the interviews. The advisory committee also included Bob Herrfeldt who is the executive vice president of Horrow Sports Ventures, a consulting firm working with the City on the arena and other City sports and entertainment venues.

The team will provide program and construction management services for the City’s downtown arena project while coordinating with other projects in the immediate vicinity of the downtown arena, which include the H&R Block World Headquarters, the Kansas City Live! entertainment district, the President Hotel renovation project, and the Bartle Hall expansion project.

“The KCArena PM Team consists of companies with broad-based management expertise in many areas including financing, community relations, management and coordination of publicly financed projects, urban redevelopment, design processes, and fast-tracked design and construction projects,” Cauthen said.

“The team also is very familiar with the site and understands the business environment in Kansas City,” Cauthen said. “We believe this team will best be able to assist the City in aggressively getting the arena project off the ground and completed in an accelerated manner,” Cauthen added.

The KCArena PM Team members’ credentials include:

    Burns & McDonnell: (Team Leader) Successful City of Kansas City, Mo., program management experience; managed $3 billion in large, complex projects in the past five years.

    PC Sports: NBA/NHL arena program management consultant with more than 10 urban sports arena projects successfully completed. Managed construction of many of the nation’s most visible sports arenas including Memphis, Tenn.; Charlotte, N.C.; San Antonio; and Indianapolis.

    HNTB: Strong, local sports architect with superior knowledge of downtown and urban redevelopment projects and vehicular traffic demands in the arena area.

    Taliaferro & Browne: Provides extensive knowledge of the downtown area; and civil, structural and on-site representation (Minority Business Enterprise).

The KCArena PM team also includes the following companies:

    Astra Communications: Public relations (Womens’ Business Enterprise).

    Custom Engineering: Mechanical electrical plumbing and on-site representation (Minority Business Enterprise).

    AnLab: Environmental testing (Minority Business Enterprise).

    Wellner Architects: Architectural coordination and on-site representation (Womens’ Business Enterprise).

    Leigh & O’Kane: Special investigations (Womens’ Business Enterprise).

    Krueger Technologies: Material testing (Womens’ Business Enterprise).

Eight companies or teams responded to the City’s Request for Qualifications issued on July 1. Responses were due July 20.

The six other final companies or teams that were interviewed included:

    Zimmer Real Estate Services, Inc., Kansas City, Mo.

    N.W. Getz & Associates, Charlotte, N.C.; and the DLR Group, Overland Park, Kan.

    The Hammes Company, Madison, Wis.

    McCown, Gordon Konrath, Kansas City, Mo.

    Hines, Chicago

    The Weitz Company, Overland Park, Kan.

    
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