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Contract at Whitewater technology park violated rules

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — The city of Whitewater and the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater violated federal rules when awarding a construction contract at the Whitewater University Technology Park.

The problem revolved around a $2.9 million contract awarded to Janesville-based J.P. Cullen & Sons. Cullen was in charge of reviewing the bids and recommended itself for the main construction contract. It’s also construction manager.

The U.S. Economic Development Administration determined Cullen’s involvement as manager and major contractor violated federal contracting rules.

In a Sept. 28 letter, the EDA ordered work to stop on a building in the 125-acre business park being built with $4.7 million in federal money.

City Manager Kevin Brunner told the Wisconsin State Journal that project architect, Eppstein Uhen Architects of Milwaukee, is now overseeing Cullen’s work as part of the agreement with the government.

Information from: Wisconsin State Journal, http://www.madison.com/wsj

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