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  1. Just commenting on your great marketing and relationship building with the Association, Ted. You could consider it a compliment. I do have full faith in the Association and trust that they will do the right thing. After raising hard-earned funds from the citizens of Grand Rapids, I am sure they will have an open and fair bidding process for the actual project. At least three architecture firms will be given the oppoprtunity to present proposals for the completion of the contract documents. Proposals will be available for viewing and the job will be awarded to the lowest bidder. The design work is done (and looks lovely) so the actual CD process should be easy. In this economic climate, I am sure the Association can get competive bids that might even save money from this phase for use on the actual building. I rest easy knowing there will be transparency. I am curious, as a customary fee for commercial work like this would be about 5%, and with the design money already spent, are you estimating the build out to be about $4-5 million for the head-house and canopy?
  2. Enjoy your cozy relationship with the neighborhood group, Ted.
  3. Wow, they are spending $200 grand to design bathrooms and a roof. Times must be good in Grand Rapids that you can not get architectural fees for less than that.
  4. I'll politely disagree with Michigan not emulating Texas. Not everything of course, but Michigan can certainly benefit by incorporating things they're doing there.
  5. But why hold it so late in the season? Why not late July? Why not hold it in conjunction with Festival?
  6. I have no insider knowledge, but think this is getting way overblown with optimism. An annual, several day event does not change a community and draw people from all over the world to live and work there. Sure, it can be fun, entertaining and fill up some hotel rooms, but the hype is leading people down a disappointing path, I believe. It is great to have the family name where everything you say gets press coverage, but if he is really just trying to get free publicity by inflating the importance of this, it really is a jaded thing to do.
  7. Wow, some very interesting designs. What is the location/cross streets?
  8. That would be correct, jbr. I prefer the white metal panels to the darker brick.
  9. I prefer this one to the darker one.
  10. Is it either/or? Stadium or GWCC? Do both need to be done, or it is only a question of which first?
  11. That is so exciting. It looks fantastic. What a great turn-around. This will be used for visitors and lectures, right?
  12. Well said, m'Lady. Still stand by my previous comment. I would rather wait and have a great building than a city filled with mediocre designs. Atlanta has "settled" far too often. It is a great city and deserves better on this location that will be seen by millions of people for many decades to come...
  13. Glad the location is being developed, but I have to differ on the design. That is one ugly building.
  14. I think the fence is to stop people from being killed by falling facades. This neglect has singlehandedly killed this area for what, decades?
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