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Expansion Delayed at St. Pete College's Midtown Campus

The college is quadrupling the size of its Midtown campus, but will repeat the process of selecting a construction company.

Redevelopment of St. Petersburg College's Midtown Campus has been slowed by a decision to repeat the selection process for a builder.

According to the Tampa Bay Times, interviews for the construction firms were never opened to the public, nor recorded, as required by Florida law.

The board of trustees voted to throw out the selection of a Rhode Island construction company for the $14 million contract and restart the process, the Tampa Bay Times reported.

The college is quadrupling the size of its Midtown campus. The new 45,000-square-foot, three-story classroom building will be on 4 acres at 22nd Street and 13th Avenue South, just north of the Johnnie Ruth Clarke Health Center.

Midtown is just south of downtown St. Petersburg.

The decison delays redevelopment of the Midtown Campus. The redevelopment and expansion are projected to increase enrollment from 450 to several thousand students.

The new campus will:

  • Let students completer two-year associate degrees,
  • Provide community meeting spaces,
  • Have tutoring and counseling centers,
  • Include financial aid offices and a new library.

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Keep it straight April 23, 2013 at 08:22 PM
There are some things that need clarifying. St Pete College followed the CCNA process very well except for one part. Stage one was a written qualifications submission with points being awared to all firms who submitted. The top seven firms were then asked to give a presentation / interview, which was advertised and public (Stage 2) in front of the selection committee. Points start over at stage two. This is part of the Florida Staute CCNA process. After stage two the selection committee, ranked the firms as follows, not what the college's attorney says "we have no record". Score sheets are public information. Peter Brown Construction: 1st 250 points, Gilbane a distant third with 170 points. Here what went wrong. Dr Law conducted his own interviews, not part of the Florida Statute CCNA process, with the top three firms, Skanska being second, and decided to recommend third place Gilbane to the Board of Trustees, never disclosing to them the selection committee's rankings. So why Gilbane ? who was ranked number three ? who knows......look up who built the library and classroom addition at Montgomery College in Houston. look who was president during its construction.

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