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Two firms tabbed as architects for center

September 07, 2012

Summary: Convergence Design is one of two firms designated for the design of the Blue Water Area Convention Center in Port Huron, Michigan.

Two firms tabbed as architects for center

County also OKs land sale

 
Bill Kauffman
 
Bill Kauffman
Two architectural firms could be working on the Blue Water Area Convention Center.

The St. Clair County Board of Commissioners during standing committee meetings Thursday preliminarily approved contracts with Convergence Design of Kansas City, Mo. and Design Plus of Grand Rapids for work on the convention center.

Commissioners also gave preliminary approval to the liquor license and food and beverage catering agreements for the convention center and to changing to a Medicare Advantage plan for county retirees older than 65.

They approved the sale of 1.45 acres of vacant property on Krafft Road behind the now vacant Juvenile Detention Center to Smith Family Funeral Home for $25,000.

County Administrator Bill Kauffman said Convention Sport and Leisure, the Minneapolis consulting firm hired by the county to assist with the Blue Water Area Convention Center project, advised hiring a second architectural firm familiar with convention center design to review the facility design to ensure it will meet the county’s expectations.

Design Plus will become the architect of record for the Blue Water Area Convention Center while Convergence Design will provide advisory services.

The contracts will appear before the full board of commissioners at its regular meeting on Sept. 20 for final approval.

The commissioners also heard a second presentation from Blue Cross/Blue Shield of Michigan representative John Dowsley about the benefits to switching to a Medicare Advantage healthcare plan for retirees older than 65.

According to estimates provided to the commissioners, the switch could save the county roughly $826,000.

“Under the change, you will enjoy the same benefits you’ve had for years and years” and there will be no disruption in those services," Dowsley said.

Contact Holly Setter at (810) 989-7641 or hsetter@gannett.com. Follow her on Twitter @hsetter.


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