Waldorf firm gets security contract

January 29, 1998|By Christian Ewell | Christian Ewell,SUN STAFF

The Maryland Stadium Authority awarded a security contract to a Waldorf firm during its board meeting yesterday at Camden Yards.

Black Hawk Security, owned by Joseph P. Jones, has worked with the minor-league Bowie Baysox for the past three seasons and also provided security for Jack Kent Cooke Stadium in Landover during its construction phase.

Jones, 35, said Black Hawk would employ 34 officers to protect Camden Yards during the first phase of its operation at the complex, with each officer getting $11.56 per hour.

The wage is an increase over the $10.55 paid to officers under Wells Fargo -- the Camden Yards security contractor since 1992 -- but MSA board chairman Bruce Hoffman said price wasn't the only consideration. "We looked at 50 percent cost and 50 percent past performance," Hoffman said. "We felt that it was the best deal. If you don't give decent pay, it's hard to get decent workers."

He said that additional officers would be used during the next two phases: the start of the baseball season and upon nTC completion of the Ravens' football stadium.

In other matters, the board awarded Cherry Hill Construction a contract of $3.6 million for work at the back end of the Ravens' stadium project, such as work on parking lots, landscaping, sidewalks and plazas. National Commercial Flooring of Alexandria, Va., was awarded a $844,113 contract for carpeting and Andco Industries Corp. of Greensboro, N.C., received a contract of $506,932 for graphics and signage.

Pub Date: 1/29/98

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