SACRAMENTO, Calif. - The Sacramento City Council voted to suspend competitive bidding for the downtown entertainment and sports complex Tuesday night.
Council members voted 7-2 to exempt the project from city rules, allowing the Sacramento Kings to likely move forward with AECOM and Turner Construction as the primary design and construction companies, respectively.
Assistant City Manager John Dangberg told the council the move was necessary to meet deadlines agreed to in the term sheet between the City, the Kings and the NBA.
While the downtown arena is a public project, the Kings' ownership is responsible for all phases of the planning, design, development and construction of the arena according to the term sheet that was approved by the City Council in March.
AECOM and Turner Construction were chosen after proposals from architectural firms and pre-construction companies were submitted; city officials were also part of the selection process, but other companies are likely to be involved.
Consultants for the team also told the council that by suspending competitive bidding, the Kings could potentially allow local companies to earn the bid to build the arena, if even if they're proposal isn't the least expensive. City rules say that lowest bid wins.
Council members Darrell Fong and Kevin McCarty voted against the resolution.