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Tuesday, June 15, 2010

Our Town, Our Jobs - Government Projects, Business - Architect Magazine

I sure am cranky tonight. That really helps make the rant much easier. Yes, there's a problem when local firms aren't being hired for local jobs and those out of town Starchitects shouldn't be getting all of the work. But, what happens when BIM is required and none of the local firms are BIM savvy? What do you do then?

A few other issues I have. Why are some of you buying software from national resellers who send the money back to another state instead of using a local reseller? What about you firms with multiple offices. Why aren't you buying software and hardware from local resellers instead of everything from the home office.

Lastly and my favorite...you get the job and then you outsource to India, China or South America for your drafting and rendering work. If you're going to have these arguments as in the article below, be open, transparent and honest about your own internal local hiring for products, software, services and consultants. Otherwise, you're completely full of crap and don't deserve to get the projects. If you are doing all of the right things, then the system needs to change to keep tax dollars in your city, county and state. It's the right thing to do.

Source: http://www.architectmagazine.com/government-projects/our-town-our.aspx

The locals are restless: local architects, that is. Around the country, architects are protesting when vied-for projects get awarded to out-of-state or out-of-town firms. But just because the economy has changed doesn’t mean the rules about hiring architects for public projects have, too.

There’s been a real stink over the past several months among architects in Springfield, Mo., over the expansion of the Westport Elementary School. The project itself isn’t the problem. The expansion plan is part of a $50 million bond issue for school construction that 65 percent of Springfield voters approved last Nov. 3; the low-cost bond was made possible by federal stimulus money.

The problem, for architects around town, is solely with the firm that the school district selected to design the $9.3 million project, which represents the biggest chunk of the new bond issue to be awarded so far: that firm is BCDM, based in Omaha, Neb. Over the years, BCDM has designed numerous schools, so its competency for the job is not in question. What rankles Springfield architects is BCDM’s home address. The fact that it is not a local firm, or even a Missouri firm, has become a glaring and, to some folks, disqualifying handicap to working on the Westport Elementary expansion.

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Our Town, Our Jobs - Government Projects, Business - Architect Magazine


MrCamper June 16, 2010 at 4:34 PM  

The old 50's phrases like "Buy American" and "Buy Local" had better become familiar again as we are handing over all of our money to overseas companies... and our jobs.

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