A week after hearing from five companies vying for the project management contract, Commissioners Court presented their scoring sheets to the Purchasing Department during a special meeting this morning.

After the tally, Dannenbaum Engineering Corporation was ranked highest among the firms and Commissioners Court voted to commence negotiations to finalize a professional service agreement for the design and construction of the new Hidalgo County Courthouse.

Below is the ranking and average score for the five firms:

Dannebaum, 95.4

Jacobs Project Management Co., 92.8

Broaddus & Project Control,92.4

Hill International, 92.0

JLL 86.8

Purchasing Agent Martha Salazar pointed out that if the negotiations fail with the top-ranked firm, the county will proceed to negotiate with the second-ranked firm.

During the presentation of qualifications at the Oct. 13 Commissioners Court, Louis Jones, who serves as Principal/Director, South Texas Region, for Dannenbaum, said his firm will partner with B2Z Engineering of Mission, Moca of San Antonio, Farmsworth Group, of San Antonio, and Naylor Wentworth Lund Architects, of Salt Lake City, Utah.

"The Hidalgo County Courthouse Team is a uniquely qualified group of design, program and construction management and inspection professionals with the necessary expertise required for this pursuit," Jones said during the presentation.