4 teams vie for Convention Center job

THE BALTIMORE SUN

The Baltimore Convention Center Authority has narrowed from nine to four the number of architectural and engineering teams being considered to design a $125 million to $150 million expansion of the Pratt Street facility.

Representatives of the non-profit group formed to spearhead planning efforts for a 569,420-square-foot expansion invited the finalists to interviews next week with an eight-member advisory committee that willrecommend which team the authority should hire.

The finalists, all of which have some local team members, are groups headed by:

* Cochran, Stephenson and Donkervoet Inc. of Baltimore and Loschky Marquardt and Nesholm of Seattle.

The group includes many of the architects and engineers involved in the original Convention Center project.

* The Washington office of Hellmuth Obata Kassabaum. Othergroup members are Mario L. Schack of Baltimore and Whitney, Bailey, Cox + Magnani of Baltimore.

* A joint venture of RTKL Associates Inc. of Baltimore, Daniel Mann Johnson & Mendenhall of Baltimore and Zimmer Gunsel Frasca Partnership of Portland, Ore.

* Thompson Ventulett, Stainback and Associates of Atlanta and Mariani/Century of Towson and Washington.

Sulton, Campbell, Britt and Owens, and Cho Wilks and Benn are in this group.

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