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Let's be real. Does Whelton Architecture have ANY built work? I don't see any on their website. Fire Stations in particular require a certain degree of specialized knowledge and experience. Wouldn't the City of Portland be better served by a firm w/ more experience (and no, I'm not talking about art competitions and theoretical drawings)? Do we really want to risk our already scarce public funds testing out a young architect, paying extra for the learning curve?

Thanks to Carleton Hart for submitting an official complaint. I'm glad I wasn't the only one scratching my head about the decision. We could only figure the selection was related to the memorial art project sited next door. Though wasn't the art competition only open to PSU people (unfortunate considering the profile/location of the site)?

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