The Kansas City Council has approved a construction manager at risk contract with a joint venture of St. Joseph heavy contractor Herzog Contracting Corp. and California rail builder Stacy and Witbeck Inc. The ordinance authorizes the city to enter into a contract with the joint venture that will allow the team to lead the construction process.
The approval came after a heated business session centered around the contract and weeks of speculation of whether or not questions about the contract would be enough to derail it. Kiewit-Clarkson Infrastructure Co., the second-place bidder for the contract on Kansas City’s streetcar project, wants the city to walk away from the winning bid and go with its bid. The estimated project cost is $102 million, and the streetcar is scheduled to begin operating in 2015 on a 2.2-mile line running along Main Street from the River Market to Union Station.