December 21, 2012
COLLEGE STATION, Texas – Chancellor John Sharp announced today that Manhattan-Vaughn Construction has been selected as the construction partner for the redevelopment of Kyle Field at Texas A&M University.
“We are extremely pleased at the quality of the teams who bid in this RFP process. Manhattan-Vaughn is a world-class team and provided a best value bid of 1.2 percent. Houston based Project Control has confirmed that this is the lowest comparative project bid in the nation,” said Sharp. “When the A&M System Board of Regents and Texas A&M decide to move forward, we will be ready. Congratulations to the winners and to my staff and committee for great and remarkable work.”
The team is comprised of Manhattan Construction Group and Vaughn Construction who have joined for this project. Previous work by Manhattan-Vaughn includes two of Texas’ most popular sports venues, Dallas Cowboys Stadium in Arlington and Reliant Stadium in Houston. At this point, Manhattan-Vaughn will begin work with Populous in development of the conceptual plan. The final design recommendation will be presented to Texas A&M President R. Bowen Loftin for approval and the Board of Regents for a final vote. This work will determine final seating configurations, staging of construction and total project cost.
“Manhattan-Vaughn is thrilled to have been selected for the Kyle Field Redevelopment project,” said Manhattan-Vaughn project director Greg McClure. “As former students of Texas A&M, both Bill Vaughn and I could not be more proud to have the opportunity to be part of the new history at Kyle Field. All of our colleagues at Manhattan-Vaughn are extremely excited about the opportunity to serve Texas A&M on this incredible project.”
Gary Hall, president of Project Control/Raba Kistner Program Managers, stated that the Manhattan-Vaughn Joint Venture fee at 1.2 percent of the construction cost is the lowest and most competitive Project Control has seen in recent years and exemplifies the commitment that Manhattan-Vaughn has made to be a part of this project. Fees on most sports projects $200 million and above have generally fallen between 2.5 percent to 3 percent.
The Kyle Field Stadium Advisory Committee, appointed by Sharp, was comprised of ten representatives from Texas A&M University athletics, the 12th Man Foundation, Texas A&M administration and A&M System Facilities Planning & Construction. Seven groups responded to the RFP issued Nov. 19. The committee was asked to evaluate the firms, develop a short list of best candidates, perform necessary interviews and provide a rank order listing of the best candidates. The A&M System requires this process on all facilities projects.
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