Leaders trim $15M from Music City Center budget

Thursday, October 7, 2010 at 11:45pm

Project leaders of Nashville’s Music City Center say they have completed a “value engineering process,” bringing construction costs back within budget.

The price tag of the new convention center is $585 million, with a construction budget of $415 million.

Last week, Patrick Holcombe, project manager of Music City Center, told members of the Convention Center Authority that he and others were exploring ways to trim $15 million in construction costs so as to not exceed the $415 million budget.

The construction industry refers to the undertaking as value engineering, or a systematic analysis of all parts of a project to maximize value in order to meet a budget without diminishing its quality.

On Thursday, Larry Atema, senior manager of the convention center project, informed the authority that the value engineering process concluded earlier this week.

“We are officially within budget,” Convention Center Authority spokeswoman Holly McCall said.

According to McCall, bids from would-be contractors on some packages were greater dollar amounts than originally anticipated, prompting the re-evaluation.

McCall said approximately $100 million worth of contracts still haven’t been awarded.


1 Comment on this post:

By: yucchhii on 10/8/10 at 3:49

So, the money that you save...will that be spent on helping the "HOMELESS"??? Probably NOT! You'll just LET the problem get BIGGER AND BIGGER and bigger and bigger and bigger and bigger and bigger AND BIGGER AND BIGGER AND.......