Tuesday, May 21, 2019

"Las Vegas tunnel could go to competitor of Musk's Boring Co"

Poor Elon, when it rains it pours.

From SmartCitiesDive:

Dive Brief:

  • On Wednesday, the Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority (LVCVA) board is scheduled to vote on whether to approve a negotiated $48.7 million design-build contract with The Boring Co. to build a dual-tunnel people mover system at the Las Vegas Convention Center campus, but two board members, according to the Las Vegas Sun, are advocating for a different approach proposed by another bidder.
  • The Boring Co. beat out Austrian company Doppelmayr Garaventa Group in the Request for Proposals process, but board members Michele Fiore and Las Vegas Mayor Carolyn Goodman are encouraging other members to take a second look at Doppelmayr's bid, which would see the construction of a more traditional, above-ground system. Doppelmayr's original proposal was $215 million, but Goodman told the board that the company could perform the work for $85 million. 
  • Goodman maintains that using the proven, 125-year-old Doppelmayr is a better bet than giving The Boring Co., which is three years old, a chance at its first significant project. Goodman has invited Doppelmayr to make a presentation at the May 22 meeting. 
Dive Insight:
Steven Hill, board CEO and president, told the Sun that The Boring Co. won the project because of its low cost, the fact that it can be built while the $1.4 billion convention center renovation progresses above ground and that it can be expanded underground to other areas of the city in the future. In addition, as a condition of The Boring Co.'s contract, the company has agreed to reimburse the LVCVA in full via a payment recovery bond if the project does not receive a certificate of occupancy....