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The state’s search for a firm to design the $750 million Wadsworth Center in Albany is starting over.
Two of the three companies that were competing for the contract are no longer in the running, and the state Dormitory Authority announced late Friday afternoon that they will cancel the current procurement process. A new request for proposals will be issued “in the coming weeks.”
In January, Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo announced that the replacement for the aging Wadsworth Center facilities in Albany and Slingerlands would be constructed at the Harriman State Office Complex in Albany. The project is expected to attract 1,200 jobs in the life sciences and have a $2.3 billion impact on the economy, the governor’s office said.
The new lab is expected to incorporate space for collaboration between private sector companies and state researchers.
The state said one firm withdrew from the selection process and a joint venture became ineligible as the result of changes to its structure.
“To ensure that we receive the highest quality and most cost-effective proposals, we have canceled the current procurement,” the state Dormitory Authority said in a statement. “We remain committed to and confident of delivering this important project in the Capital Region and look forward to the successful completion of the procurement.”
The three teams that had been in the running were AECOM Tishman Skanska USA; Gilbane Building Company/Turner Construction; and Pike McCarthy Joint Venture. The state did not reveal which firms are out of the running.
Assemblywoman Patricia Fahy, an Albany Democrat who advocated to bring the new lab to Albany County, said she was surprised by the latest development, but is confident in the project’s future.
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Published at Fri, 12 Apr 2019 21:10:21 +0000