Apparently the school building committee had inside information: the product.
The members had previously visited sample schools that each architectural firm had been involved in designing. This unfair information meant that the committee probably already knew who they would choose.
It had to be, because of the four presenters over two nights, HMFH Associates was the least impressive.
In a way this was very good, because in this day of hyper-promotion and slick multi-media; and wacky ‘populist movements’* we need facts and reality and a little common sense to make informed decisions.
THIS IS CALLED IN THE ARCHITECTURAL INDUSTRY, FACT-BASED DESIGN.
So in this case, beyond the fancy PowerPoint, slick packets, and a snowstorm of statistics; the end product sold itself.
It also taught me, once again, not to be a gambling man!
* What comes to mind is the hype over solar power, wind turbines, and so-called ‘green’ designs. LEED certification is supposed to produce energy-efficient buildings and after all the hullaballoo; tests have confirmed the buildings are often less energy-efficient than standard practices! And of course, the underperformance of hyped up alternative energy sources is now well documented. How about forgetting what the consultants and the politicians say and use what REALLY works?