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A&M System Announces Contractor for Kyle Field Expansion

The Texas A&M University System has announced the general contractors for the more than $400 million dollar expansion of Kyle Field.

Chancellor John Sharp announced the selection of a pair of Aggie-owned companies, Manhattan and Vaughn Construction.

Sharp says they will charge 1.2 percent of the hard construction costs, estimated at $330 million dollars.

Sharp says the latest the board of regents can act on the proposal is next May, in order to start construction after the end of the next football season.

He says construction taking place in phases, being suspended for home football games, remains likely but not finalized.

The chancellor also says negotiations continue with the cities of College Station and Bryan as well as Brazos County to participate in helping pay for the project.

Sharp says the 12th Man Foundation is in charge of generating $100 million dollars for naming rights. And the rest of the project will be funded by bonds that will be paid off by stadium revenue.

JohnSharp122112.mp3WTAW’s Bill Oliver visits with John Sharp.

News release courtesy of the Texas A&M University System:

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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Posted by on Dec 21 2012. Filed under Featured Stories, News.
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