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The brokers in charge of lining up insurers and managing liability risks for Nashville's $292M NFL stadium intend to bring small construction firms and minority-owned businesses "into the game" by keeping costs down, according to the Nashville TENNESSEAN. Nashville-based Alexander and Associates, one of TN's largest African-American-owned insurance brokers, and Willis Corroon are designing a package which will provide worker's compensation and liability coverage for contractors -- rather than requiring them to maintain it themselves. They also hope to negotiate a fixed rate on all insurance provided, making it easier to budget the project and to protect contractors from swings in insurance rates (Julie Bell, Nashville TENNESSEAN, 5/8).
The engineer and inspection firm who oversaw the original construction of the L.A. Coliseum announced that spectators should have no concerns about sitting beneath the press box built last year, according to David William of the L.A. TIMES. Smith Emery Co. President James Partridge said although no visible cracks were detected, the results of ultrasound tests are not yet available and more tests will be conducted this week. The press box's welds have been scrutinized in response to a TIMES' article that reported on weaknesses in the welds discovered during construction. But the re-inspection of the press box has not satisfied everyone. County Supervisor Zev Yaroslavsky: "They all have a stake in this, both professionally and public safety- wise" Don Webb, the architect who oversaw construction, criticized the TIMES' article for spreading unnecessary alarm: "We are faced with the task of disproving there is a fire in the theater (L.A. TIMES, 5/10).
A public hearing is scheduled for June 5 to allow Hillsborough County, FL voters to discuss proposed sales tax increases to fund a new Bucs stadium (TAMPA TRIBUNE, 5/9)... ...The U.S. Board on Geographic Names said that Raljon will not become the official name of the new Redskins stadium site -- as desired by Redskins Owner Jack Kent Cooke -- and it will continue to be called Landover (WASHINGTON TIMES, 5/10)....In Boston, Joan Vennochi notes the delay in Pats Owner Robert Kraft's "imminent" stadium plans. Kraft his retained ML Strategies, a Boston lobbying firm to help the project (BOSTON GLOBE, 5/10).