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Re: Dallas to Calatrava: Redesign within the Budget

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Yeah, I was torn between that bad feeling in the pit of your stomach when you realize that you'll be putting in weekends of non-billable time for a rework, and the flowery language used to describe the architect in the article. If he signed a contract to fit it into a budget, and then blew the budget by a factor of two by not investigating what construction methonds were locally available, it's his own damned fault. It sounds like they should have considered a team-build contract if the budget was a fairly firm number.

Was there a mention of what the architects fee was anywhere?

Jordan



Barry Welliver wrote:

We should be careful to not criticize too strongly....Calatrava is also a
civil/structural engineer.

Barry H. Welliver
barrywelliver2(--nospam--at)earthlink.net

-----Original Message-----
From: Jordan Truesdell, PE [mailto:seaint1(--nospam--at)truesdellengineering.com] Sent: Friday, June 09, 2006 9:16 AM
To: seaint(--nospam--at)seaint.org
Subject: Re: Dallas to Calatrava: Redesign within the Budget

Perhaps public projects aren't the right place for "cost no object" architecture.

Usually, I'm torn between the dead-ugly brick boxes of "economical design"
and the extravagant expenditures of the past (the US Capitol...can you
imagine the cost of such a building today? Especially for a place where no
useful work ever gets done ;-)

I suppose it's good that they're holding the architect's feet to the fire.

Jordan




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