One of our GUARDIAN researchers combed through the contract for the architecture services on the library and some items raise red flags just as the first class travel expenses did prior to obtaining permission and funding from Boise citizens for the project.
Of particular concern to the GUARDIAN is a clause that allows Moshe Safdie to retain ownership of the plans despite the fact the work is (or should be) “work for hire” with the city retaining copyright ownership.
Overall, it appears the contract favors Safdie’s firm and many obligations have been made prior to final approval.
Don Day at BOISEDEV has also done some “in the trenches” reporting which shows timing and decisions on the project are simply suspect at best.
Here are some items our researcher found in the contract:
–“If the event space moves forward… an amendment will be required” (so more $$$ to Safdie for events space at a later date)
— $11.1 million total includes $715,950 in reimbursable expenses and allowances (definition outlined on P24, includes travel)
— lists “supplemental services” not included in the contract. To be included by Architect: Line 22.214.171.124 Furniture, furnishings, and equipment design.
–Architect retains copyright of drawings
–Architect retains marketing rights to finished project (future sales lectures to include “look how I remade Boise!”?)
–Architect will bill monthly based on work performed
–initial breakdown of total project costs (theater not included in $85 million budget)
–Safdie breakdown of hourly billing rates (Safdie himself bills at $560/hour; principal Architect at $390/hour)
–CSHQA breakdown of hourly billing rates (Principal Architect at $145-175/hour)
This project has gotten so big that the December 4 council agenda and supplemental documents was in excess of 2,000 pages–far more than any councilor could possible consume prior to voting.
We suspect the city fathers and mothers will have invested so much of our tax money already, the argument will be made that “to stop now is a waste of money.”
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