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Last month, the BPCA awarded a multimillion-dollar construction contract to repair the piles that hold up the esplanade. The Construction Manager (CM) chosen was Hudson Meridian Construction Group (located nearby on Rector Street). This decision was made despite Hudson Meridian being the costliest of the RFP bidders by $2.5 Million ($8 Million versus the second place RFP ranked company, D’Onofrio, at $5.5 Million).
Since then, former BPCA employee Kirk Swanson filed a complaint with the New York State Department of Civil Rights, alleging, among other things, that the BPCA was making a mockery of the state laws that govern the RFP process. Mr. Swanson listed two contracts as examples that did not go through the proper channels within the BPCA. Mr. Swanson chaired the Contract Selection Committee.
Today, during the BPCA board meeting, it was announced that the authority had reversed its decision to award the pile repair contract to Hudson Meridien, and gave it instead to D’Onofrio General Contractors. The cost savings was $2.5 million, as previously mentioned.
Phoenix Marine will be the company to do the actual repair work. D’Onfrio is the CM.