PC Sports, the national firm that monitored construction of the Pinnacle Bank Arena, still has a presence in Lincoln.

In the past two years, the city hired PC Sports to oversee construction of a city parking lot and remodeling work at the new Municipal Services Center.

The firm was recently awarded a $134,250 contract to not only make sure P Street construction gets done on time, but to oversee almost a dozen other construction projects.

City administrators were impressed with the job PC Sports did as  project manager for the arena, where staff monitored arena construction and coordinated work with other companies building roads and private buildings in the West Haymarket.

The company demonstrated its expertise in various types of construction and "showed they know how to get things done on time and on budget," said Rick Hoppe, chief of staff to Mayor Chris Beutler. 

The city doesn't have the expertise in house to coordinate the number of construction projects now in the works, Hoppe said.

And rather than add employees, Hoppe said partnering with PC Sports seemed a better option.

"It didn’t seem prudent to add several permanent employees," Hoppe said, noting that the current level of construction may not continue. "It made more sense to hire someone temporarily who had great experience in Lincoln."

Said Paula Yancey Portz, president of PC Sports: "We are just there to help add some additional resources and expertise."

PC Sports has been paid almost $3 million for its arena-related work. Currently, the company has seven employees working on arena and other local contracts.

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Beyond the arena, Portz' first city job was to help the Urban Development Department oversee construction of the Lumberworks parking garage, which opened in January. 

It was a transition time for the department, with a veteran parking manager leaving and a new manager coming on board, Portz said.

The company was also hired last year to monitor work on renovating the old Experian Building into the city's Municipal Services Center.

Under its latest contract with the city, PC Sports will oversee projects for Urban Development and the Parks and Recreation Department through the end of August. In addition to the besieged P Street project, PC Sports will assist in work on the N Street protected bikeway, the downtown Civic Plaza, Centennial Mall renovations and the Airport Entryway beautification.

PC Sports will also coordinate the city's work related to private development projects, including student housing under construction at 18th and Q and 10th and N streets, the Olsson Associates headquarters on Canopy Street and the Tool House renovation in the Haymarket.

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Nancy Hicks reports on Lincoln city government, but she’s been following the leaders of local and state government for more than 40 years.

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