This past Tuesday an article appeared in the Daily Mirror that I thought could have been more explanatory. The subject is the upcoming open-to-the-public (but without public comment), part-theater, part-cage fight that will occur on Oct. 25 and 26 between architectural firms competing for the lucrative contract to build the new high school. My understanding is that each firm will be given a two-hour presentation slot, the first starting at 6 p.m. and the next at 8 p.m. on each of the above days, with presentations in the drama pod at the high school.
With $7 million to $8 million in architectural fees up for grabs (10 percent of project cost), I expect that these presentations will be entertaining, with state-of-the-art graphics and accomplished presenters. And for those of us who occasionally make minor presentations to work groups, community organizations and the like, as well as local high school and college students, there likely will be one or two points and ideas that we can come away with that would make us more proficient at our own presentations. Plus, in this high-tech age, I’m curious as to what presentation innovations might be out there of which I am totally unaware.
Also, I will be curious as to what community job possibilities might underlie each of the designs being proposed. Whereas by law the work requires free and open competition, residence in Kodiak has the potential for providing an edge for local contractors. Had I a business in town, I think I might want to consider how my business might benefit from the work being proposed.
Finally, the high school is a major landmark in this town and a statement of what this community is about. And for the tens of millions of dollars that this community is going to invest in this (ad)venture, I’m planning on showing up, if for no other reason than to look after my investment in Kodiak and its future.