In my story in today’s paper, a member of the design-build team led by Turner Construction raises questions about the process that resulted in the selection of the winning design for coming Cheney Stadium renovations.
Turner’s bid came in at the lowest price among three bidders, but a ballpark design selection panel unanimously ranked a design from a team headed by Mortenson Construction as the highest. Design elements were weighted more heavily than price among the selection criteria, so Mortenson’s wood-and-glass design beat out Turner in the end, according to official explanations. A design submitted by the Wade Perrow team finished third among the three finalists.
Today’s story is accompanied by conceptual renderings for all three designs submitted for the project. The print edition didn’t include an image for what the outside of the stadium looks like in the Wade Perrow design, so I’m providing one here.
Below is a look at all three designs from the front of the stadium, in order of how the selection panel ranked each team’s bid (Mortenson, Turner, Wade Perrow).
During interviews for today’s story, I heard Mortenson’s prominent wood design referred to as the “ski lodge;” Turner’s futuristic design called the “Jetson’s” concept; and the Wade Perrow design likened to a 1950s drive-inn movie theater.
Conceptual views of the stadium’s interior for each design-build team can be viewed by clicking the “more” link.