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The BCEC Case Study I: What we got right. February 22, 2010 Presented by Lowell Richards. Agenda: What we got right. Process: Legislative Process: Neighborhood Comprehensive Special Legislation Land Taking Finance District City Role Environmental Review Procurement Design.

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the bcec case study i what we got right

The BCEC Case Study I:What we got right

February 22, 2010

Presented by Lowell Richards

agenda what we got right
Agenda: What we got right
  • Process: Legislative
  • Process: Neighborhood
  • Comprehensive Special Legislation
  • Land Taking
  • Finance District
  • City Role
  • Environmental Review
  • Procurement
  • Design
1 process legislative
1. Process: Legislative
  • Established study group

Governor, House Speaker, Senate President, Mayor

  • Thoughtful research and analysis

Third party experts

  • Drafts of reports circulated early and often
  • Check and accountability established through the required certification of the city's CFO and A&F secretary
2 process neighborhood
2. Process: Neighborhood
  • Aggressive outreach throughout study group process
  • Neighborhood Design Advisory Committee (NDAC) established and worked with design team
  • Legislatively mandated community liaison
3 comprehensive special legislation
3. Comprehensive Special Legislation
  • Identified project size – buildings and land area
  • Specified budget and funding sources
  • Clearly defined roles for City of Boston & MCCA
  • Dealt with process, permitting, procurement and other topics
  • Assignment of future cost sharing between city and state in case of cost over-runs
4 land taking
4. Land Taking
  • More taken than necessary, to allow for expansion
  • Headquarters hotel site designation on North East corner, underground parking

Existing Conditions, Before BCEC Construction

5 finance district
5. Finance District
  • Created dedicated revenue stream for bonds
  • Very close to revenue neutral to the Commonwealth

Approximate boundary of Convention Center Financing District

6 city of boston role
6. City of Boston Role
  • Financial commitment created elevated presence
  • Site acquisition, demolition and remediation
7 environmental review
7. Environmental Review
  • Streamlined Article 80 process
  • Master permit
8 procurement
8. Procurement
  • Special procurement provisions in Ch.152 made project feasible
  • Traditional (Ch.149) public procurement would not have worked
9 design
9. Design
  • Meeting planner involvement early
  • Exhibit hall on one floor
  • Massive (at the time) ballroom
  • Exhibit hall to meeting room ratio optimal for business success
review what we got right
Review: What we got right
  • Process: Legislative
  • Process: Neighborhood
  • Comprehensive Special Legislation
  • Land Taking
  • Finance District
  • City Role
  • Environmental Review
  • Procurement
  • Design
the bcec case study i what we did right

The BCEC Case Study I:What we did right

February 22, 2010

Presented by Lowell Richards