The News article about the Public Safety Campus "fast-track" schedule costing taxpayers money is a prime example of Buffalo's ability to look at a glass and, once again, call it half empty. People in this town seem compelled to find ways to generate negativity.
The facts speak for themselves. Fast-track is a process linking both design and construction concurrently. The fast-track approach will deliver this project well ahead of a traditional delivery process. Yes, there is a cost. But the savings achieved through early phased bidding dwarf the cost of this fast-track approach. Bidding the first four phases of construction while still in design afforded Erie County the opportunity to save millions.
In this community, we hear time and again that we never appreciate the good. In fact, several studies cite a lack of positive self-image as a barrier to this community's future success. In a positive light, we should celebrate victories like the successful Erie County Public Safety Campus, which is on budget and ahead of schedule. I think the glass in this town is more than half full.
Thomas P. Dee
Principal, Cannon Design