CVB Defends Awarding Bid to Contractor for New Sports Complex

The Evansville Convention and Visitors Bureau defends it’s decision to award a bid for the new sports complex to a contractor currently being sued by the county.

On Wednesday, the CVB awarded Blankenberger Brothers Inc. a $6.4 million contract to do the site work and field turf at the new sports complex.  That company is being sued by the county for it’s work on the now-deteriorating N. Green River Rd. project.

CVB Executive Director Bob Warren says had the CVB taken Blankenberger out of the formula and gone with the second lowest bidder, it would have cost an additional $600,000.

Warren says had the CVB thrown out all the bids, the CVB would have lost the 2015 season, costing the bureau $850,000 in interest and principal from the bond, not to mention lost revenues.

“The CVB was in a position to make a business decision that saved them hundreds of thousands of dollars,” said Warren, “and we’re still working with a company that’s considered to be a reputable company. We’re confident that they will be able to solve the problem with the county.”

Warren also says Blankenberger is one of the largest contractors in the region and has done numerous large scale projects.

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