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WKU to Seek Bids for Sports Medicine Complex Following Complaint


Western Kentucky University is changing course on its plans for a new campus sports medicine complex.

WKU announced in August it was partnering with The Medical Center of Bowling Green to build the facility. The medical provider Western Kentucky Orthopaedic and Neurosurgical Associates filed a protest against the school last week.

The group said WKU awarded contracts to The Medical Center in violation of state procurement laws and regulations.

The school issued a statement Tuesday saying it will issue a Request for Proposals next week for bids on all parts of the sports medicine complex.

The statement says the decision to formally bid the project came after WKU officials went before the Capital Projects and Bond Oversight committee in Frankfort Tuesday.

The group that filed the complaint against the school is part of Graves-Gilbert Clinic.

Here is the complete text of the statement issued Tuesday by WKU:

As part of the normal sequence of approvals necessary to proceed with construction of a privately funded capital project on public university property, WKU officials went before the Capital Projects and Bond Oversight committee in Frankfort today (Tuesday) to seek legislative approval for the Med Center Health Sports Medicine Complex project that was approved by the WKU Board of Regents on August 19, 2016.   

Following a lengthy discussion that centered on concerns outlined in a protest letter from WKONA, WKU officials agreed to issue a Request for Proposals and bid the overall project and all aspects it entails.  The committee deferred action until it's next meeting in October.  WKU officials plan to issue an RFP on Monday inviting bids. 

The University will have no further comment at this time.

Kevin is the News Director at WKU Public Radio. He has been with the station since 1999, and was previously the Assistant News Director, and also served as local host of Morning Edition.
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