On September 19, the El Paso City Council approved guidelines to hire a Construction Manager-at-Risk for the El Paso Ballpark project. The Construction Manager-at-Risk allows the city, construction manager and architect-engineer to work as a unified team to expedite construction schedules that will produce the best value for the El Paso Ballpark. The Construction Manager-at-Risk will oversee the entire project, including utility relocation and demolition.
Ballpark officials received the following submittals for the Request for Proposal (RFP) for the Construction Manager-at-Risk:
All of the firms were invited to interview and present for the position in late December to El Paso Ballpark committee members on Thursday, December 20. These members include: Josh Hunt (Mountain Star Sports), Juan Gonzalez-Garza (Senior Vice President, Development, Hunt Companies), Tom Philley (Executive Vice President, Construction Services, Hunt Companies), Alan Shubert (Project Engineer, El Paso Ballpark), Irene Ramirez (Interim City Engineer, City of El Paso), and Bill Studer (Deputy City Manager, City of El Paso).
Committee members scored the firms based on past experience, project approach, capabilities and a financial proposal. Particular emphasis was focused on past experience as a Construction Manager-at-Risk for a minimum of three ballpark projects in the past ten years of similar size and type to the El Paso ballpark, demonstrated use of local staff for project services and the ability to provide 100% payment and performance bond for the project.
Based on the City Council-approved guidelines and scoring criteria, committee members selected C.F. Jordan Construction/Hunt Construction Group to provide the Construction Manager-at-Risk services, pending El Paso City Council approval.
Background: Jordan/Hunt, A Joint Venture
Jordan/Hunt, A Joint Venture (consisting of CF Jordan Construction of El Paso, Texas and Hunt Construction Group of Dallas, Texas) offers established local presence along with a specialized expertise in sports facility construction. CF Jordan, which is headquartered in El Paso, will staff the project with construction professionals that are long-standing members of the local community and have strong alliances with local subcontractors, vendors and suppliers; while Hunt will bring their vast experience in the specialized construction of baseball stadiums. As previously mentioned, Hunt Construction Group has NO relation or affiliation to Hunt Companies of El Paso. CF Jordan has built dozens of projects in El Paso throughout the course of its 43 year history. CF Jordan also hires the most local El Paso subcontractors of any firm. Hunt has built sports facilities for over 136 teams across the country, including 10 of the 15 MLB stadiums constructed since 2000. Engineering News-Record has ranked Hunt as the #1 sports builder in the nation for three years running.
The Construction Manager-at-Risk will immediately begin work with Populous, the architect selected to design the new $50 million Triple-A ballpark. Jordan/Hunt also plans to locate tentative office space closer to the ballpark site. The first order of business for the Construction Manager-at-Risk will be to approve a building demolition contract. A demolition firm is expected to be hired by the end of January.