County Commissioners looking into firm for fairgrounds project

Published: Jun. 4, 2020 at 9:01 AM CDT
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Another piece of the fairgrounds project is coming together.

Three firms interested in representing Webb County's best interest during the construction of the new fairgrounds made their pitch during a special Commissioners meeting.

During the meeting Commissioners virtually met with the top ranking candidates for the position of "Owner's representative."

The firm chosen will be overseeing the multi-million-dollar project.

Webb County Purchasing Agent, Joe Lopez says, "There are three main components here. The court has already contracted an architect that will be leading the project with the design, and construction management, etc. The other component is the CMAR, the Construction Manager at Risk, and that one we're at the tail end of finishing off that process."

Next in the process and the third component of this fairgrounds team is the "Owner's representative."

On Thursday morning three firms ranked the best out of seven made their pitch to commissioner’s court via video conference.

Gilpin Engineering Company from Laredo was first, Marc Taylor, Incorporated from Arizona -- second, and Project Control of Texas from San Antonio last.

All three were given time to speak about themselves and what they would bring to the table.

Commissioners followed up with several questions.

Transparency was also a concern for commissioner Wawi Tijerina whose precinct the project will be in.

Commissioner Liendo asked for a representative who can work well with the CMAR they select and they also asked for someone who can save them money.

Commissioners decided to wait until the weekend to look over each applicant’s presentation.

On Monday they will choose the firm.

According to the Webb County Executive Administrator Lalo Uribe the fairgrounds project is proposed to be paid with a certificate of obligation.

Commissioners Court has approved up to 50 million dollars for the project.

However, they have not gone out to get the funding just yet because they are still waiting to hire a construction manager at risk.

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