Oklahoma City, OK 73105
State Sen. Randy Brogdon said he had serious concerns
that one item on the Governor’s expanded special session call
could waste millions of taxpayer dollars. Specifically, the Owasso
Republican questioned the second item of the amended call which
asked lawmakers to consider funding for the Oklahoma Capitol Complex.
“I’m very concerned that this could end up being a push
to replace the Capitol’s heating and cooling system—something
that could cost $27 million. As someone who has been in the air
conditioning business for 30 years, I can tell you this would be
a waste of the public’s money,” Brogdon said.
Brogdon said he was concerned that there had not been any kind of
competitive bidding process. He said the proposal that’s been
discussed at the Capitol went through the Oklahoma Department of
Central Services purchasing division.
“I think taxpayers ought to be very concerned that DCS would
authorize a report to be conducted by the same company that will
automatically receive a $27 million contact. We need to have an
objective third party do a study—one that has no interest
in receiving the contract award,” Brogdon said.
Brogdon said that Flint & Kallenberger Consulting Engineers
had submitted a proposal to do a study on the air conditioning system
in 2004. Their study recommended keeping the current geo-thermal
system and make necessary upgrades and modifications at a cost of
That same year Johnson Controls offered a study with recommended
eliminating the geo exchange system and replacing it with a central
unit. Their projected cost was $27 million.
“Oklahoma has been a pioneer in the geo-thermal industry.
These are systems that are less expensive to operate and more energy
efficient than any other and yet it seems we’re on the verge
of scrapping the Capitol’s system at a cost that is more than
twice what it would be to simply upgrade the existing one,”
Brogdon said. “That would be devastating to this Oklahoma-based
technology as well as a huge waste of the public’s money.”
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