On June 10, 2021 the Austin City Council approved the Construction Manager at Risk (CMR) method of contracting as the delivery method of best value to the City for the Convention Center expansion project which would demolish and rebuild portions of the existing Austin Convention Center and construct new elements for a facility expansion. This approval will allow staff to proceed with the following steps:
- Develop and issue a Request for Qualification (RFQ) for the selection of an architect firm to provide design services. Staff will return to Council with a recommendation to award and execute a contract with the most qualified firm upon completion of the RFQ evaluation process.
- While staff is executing a contract with the design firm, staff will develop and issue a Request for Proposal (RFP) for the selection of a contractor (CMR) to perform general contractor services. Staff will return to Council with a recommendation to award and execute a contract with the most qualified contractor upon completion of the RFP evaluation process.
A link to the agenda item and associated backup can be found here. As part of the approval of this item, the Council passed a resolution that provided further direction related to the CMR process. That agenda item may be found here. On June 8th, the interim director of the Convention Center released a memo that describes the CMR process in more detail.