Work continues on domed stadium

BIRMINGHAM, AL (WBRC) - Working is proceeding on a building a multi-million dollar domed stadium for Birmingham.

On Wednesday, the BJCC board received an update on efforts to put together a design team to build the dome next to the BJCC."I think it's across the board whether it's a discipline, whether it's a minority firm or woman owned firm. Even restricting it to a Birmingham firm we are finding a lot of viable resources." says Jack Boyle, of the Kansas City Mo. company, Populous.

The BJCC board is demanding Populous include 50% Birmingham firms and 30% minority firms."So you are pulling numerous people together who have to work together. Se we have to find that mix of people that want to work together. So we are finding that." says Bruce Beahm of Populous.

Meanwhile the board rejected a request by Mike Calvert of Operation New Birmingham to spend $35-thousand on a study to lower interstate 20-59 to ground level in front of the BJCC. The plan is seen as an effort to make it easier to connect the civic center to downtown Birmingham.""We will continue to pursue the planning and development of the project because we think it's a critical factor of this city and a critical factor of the BJCC as well."says Calvert.