Alliance comments on Portland Building renovation
The Alliance submitted comments regarding the need for either significant reconstruction or replacement of the Portland Building.The Alliance submitted comments regarding the need for either significant reconstruction or replacement of the Portland Building. The Alliance supports the plan that sets a cap of $195 million and project completion by 2020 to deal with the building’s structural issues in order to mitigate risks to taxpayers. The Alliance urged that the request for proposals (RFP) to be broadened to invite bidders to submit a reconstruction plan or total building replacement plan and to evaluate which would be more cost-effective. Secondly, the RFP process should be expedited as costs will only increase over time due to inflation. Lastly, a significant portion of the project costs are driven by policies, fees and regulations the city imposes on itself, such as green energy requirements and art fees. Therefore, the city should reevaluate if – and to what extent – these costs make sense for this project. Read the letter.