When proponents of the Oregon Sustainability Center
delivered their feasibility study last year, the development team included Gerding Edlen Development, which won its assignment through a competitive bidding process and Hoffman Construction, which did not.
That set-up did not suit Jay Kenton
, the Oregon University System's vice-chancellor for finance. If the project gets built, the state university system will put up most of the money (currently budgeted at $72 million but expected to be less). And Kenton told WW he insisted on putting the project out for bid.
Today, as first reported
in the Daily Journal of Commerce
, Gerding Edlen selected Skanska to be the project's builder.
Gerding Edlen's project manager, Jill Sherman, says her firm previously worked with Skanska on a state-of-the art building at Portland Community College and is now working with the firm on the rehab of an old Meier & Frank warehouse into a new headquarters for wind turbine manufacturer Vestas.