Why aren’t all members of the design team local?

As has been previously noted, after we earned the BEST grant, we also received guidance from the State on best practices in our selection process for the design team. One of BEST’s key recommendations was that the school specifically not limit its selection in any way, such as criteria for how local the candidates were or what relationship they might have to the school. Rather, BEST places a priority on finding the ideal fit and qualifications for our project, regardless of provenance or connection. We embrace this philosophy, at the same time as we believe in supporting the local economy and talent pool. We are currently developing guidelines for construction hiring that will further address these issues.


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