Make us your home page

Today’s top headlines delivered to you daily.

(View our Privacy Policy)

Largo city commissioners stick with original choice for architect of recreation center facilities

After more than two months of dueling arguments, a feud between two competing architectural firms over a city contract was settled Tuesday night.

Largo city commissioners unanimously voted to stick with their original choice and award the $2.6 million contract to design the city's new Highland Recreation Center facilities to Gould Evans.

In April, St. Petersburg firm Wannemacher Jensen Architects claimed that rival firm Gould Evans fudged on its resume, presenting sample projects that Jensen claimed were not the sole work of Gould Evans.

Gould Evans, with offices in Tampa, denied it misrepresented anything.

"For design professionals, this is very unusual. It's very disturbing we are put in this position. We made no attempt to deceive anyone," said Gould Evans principal architect Steve Carpenter.

Both parties submitted letters from clients and other architects to support their arguments.

In May, City Manager Mac Craig denied Jensen's complaint and recommended the city move forward in contract negotiations.

Jensen protested, and the matter went to commissioners.

While City Attorney Alan Zimmet said Jensen could file a civil lawsuit, he said he felt the matter was closed.

"I would think this ends it," Zimmet said.

Largo city commissioners stick with original choice for architect of recreation center facilities 07/20/10 [Last modified: Tuesday, July 20, 2010 9:54pm]
Photo reprints | Article reprints

© 2017 Tampa Bay Times


Join the discussion: Click to view comments, add yours

  1. Trump sprinkles political attacks into Scout Jamboree speech

    GLEN JEAN, W.Va. — Ahead of President Donald Trump's appearance Monday at the National Scout Jamboree in West Virginia, the troops were offered some advice on the gathering's official blog: Fully hydrate. Be "courteous" and "kind." And avoid the kind of divisive chants heard during the 2016 campaign such as "build …

    President Donald Trump addresses the Boy Scouts of America's 2017 National Scout Jamboree at the Summit Bechtel National Scout Reserve in Glen Jean, W.Va., July 24, 2017. [New York Times]
  2. Trump, seething about attorney general, speculates about firing Sessions, sources say

    WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump has spoken with advisers about firing Attorney General Jeff Sessions, as he continues to rage against Sessions' decision to recuse himself from all matters related to the Russia investigation.

  3. John McCain to return to Senate for health care vote

    WASHINGTON — The Senate plans to vote Tuesday to try to advance a sweeping rewrite of the nation's health-care laws with the last-minute arrival of Sen. John McCain — but tough talk from President Donald Trump won no new public support from skeptical GOP senators for the flagging effort that all but …

  4. Last orca calf born in captivity at a SeaWorld park dies


    ORLANDO — The last killer whale born in captivity under SeaWorld's former orca-breeding program died Monday at the company's San Antonio, Texas, park, SeaWorld said.

    Thet orca Takara helps guide her newborn, Kyara, to the water's surface at SeaWorld San Antonio in San Antonio, Texas, in April. Kyara was the final killer whale born under SeaWorld's former orca-breeding program. The Orlando-based company says 3-month-old Kyara died Monday. [Chris Gotshall/SeaWorld Parks & Entertainment via AP]
  5. Blake Snell steps up, but Rays lose to Orioles anyway (w/video)

    The Heater

    ST. PETERSBURG — Blake Snell stepped up when he had to Monday and delivered an impressive career-high seven-plus innings for the Rays. That it wasn't enough in what ended up a 5-0 loss to the Orioles that was their season-high fifth straight is symptomatic of the mess they are in right now.

    Tim Beckham stands hands on hips after being doubled off first.