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By Candus Thomson, The Baltimore Sun | January 31, 2012
The multimillion-dollar contract to turn Maryland's travel plazas on Interstate 95 over to an out-of-state company is being challenged by a Bethesda-based firm that says the bidding process favored the eventual winner. HMSHost has filed a protest with the Maryland Transportation Authority, saying that bid specifications to replace the Maryland House and Chesapeake House were too vague and that Areas USA, a Florida company, was the only bidder allowed to sweeten its offer. "This is like a kick in the gut and we're trying to get our breath back," said Michael Jones, the HMSHost vice president who put the bid together.
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By Candy Thomson, The Baltimore Sun | November 9, 2012
A Baltimore circuit judge has dismissed a lawsuit against state officials and a Florida company that claimed the bidding process to award construction and operation of the two Interstate 95 travel plazas was illegal and biased. Judge Audrey Carrion ruled this week that Bethesda-based HMSHost "had multiple opportunities" to object to state officials about the public-private partnership process that awarded a 35-year contract to Areas USA LLC to rebuild and operate the plazas. "Plaintiff did not do so," the judge concluded.
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February 25, 2012
Having worked for both HMSHost and Areas USA at travel plazas along the Florida Turnpike, I can assure Marylanders that Areas USA is the superior employer and operator ("Judge blocks award of travel plazas contract," Feb. 23). While I have the utmost respect and admiration for both companies, the simple truth is that when Areas USA took over the travel plazas in Florida, the company raised standards, implemented new training programs and empowered employees to achieve better results.
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By Candus Thomson, The Baltimore Sun | March 7, 2012
The state Board of Public Works approved a half-billion-dollar contract on Wednesday to replace the two travel plazas on Interstate 95 north of Baltimore over the objection of a losing bidder that has vowed a legal battle to stop the deal. By a 2-1 vote, with Comptroller Peter Franchot opposed, the board awarded Miami-based Areas USA the 35-year contract to replace and operate Chesapeake House in Cecil County and Maryland House in Harford County. Areas will take over operation of the plazas — two of the nation's busiest — in September, with construction to begin almost immediately.
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By Candus Thomson, The Baltimore Sun | February 21, 2012
A Montgomery County circuit judge will decide by Thursday afternoon whether to block the state Board of Public Works from awarding a contract worth up to a half-billion dollars for rebuilding and operating two travel plazas on Interstate 95 north of Baltimore. The contract vote, however, is scheduled for Wednesday morning. Losing bidder HMSHost is seeking a 10-day restraining order to prevent the three-member board from sealing the deal while it reviews the winning bid documents of Areas USA. HMSHost, based in Bethesda, maintains that the Maryland Transportation Authority's bidding process was illegal and biased in favor of Areas.
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By Candy Thomson, The Baltimore Sun | November 9, 2012
A Baltimore circuit judge has dismissed a lawsuit against state officials and a Florida company that claimed the bidding process to award construction and operation of the two Interstate 95 travel plazas was illegal and biased. Judge Audrey Carrion ruled this week that Bethesda-based HMSHost "had multiple opportunities" to object to state officials about the public-private partnership process that awarded a 35-year contract to Areas USA LLC to rebuild and operate the plazas. "Plaintiff did not do so," the judge concluded.
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By Candus Thomson, The Baltimore Sun | February 29, 2012
A losing bidder for the nearly half-billion-dollar contract to build and run two new travel plazas on Interstate 95 has asked a Montgomery County circuit judge to block state officials from voting on the agreement the morning of March 7 as planned. Judge Eric Johnson has scheduled a hearing on the request by HMSHost for Friday morning, at which time he will also hear arguments from the Maryland Transportation Authority and winning bidder Areas USA to lift a temporary restraining order and allow the contract vote by the Board of Public Works.
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By Gus G. Sentementes, The Baltimore Sun | February 17, 2012
HMSHost Corp., a Bethesda-based travel hospitality firm, filed a lawsuit Friday in an attempt to block the state's award to another company of a contract to rebuild and run Maryland's two major travel plazas on Interstate 95. The lawsuit alleges that Areas USA and the state negotiated terms during the bid process, while HMSHost was not given that opportunity. Areas USA, a Miami-based company, won the bid last month. The Maryland Board of Public Works is scheduled to vote Wednesday on the contract.
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By Meredith Cohn and Meredith Cohn,SUN STAFF | March 11, 2004
Maryland's newest proposed shopping mall has its own runway. A state panel gave final approval yesterday for Baltimore-Washington International Airport to bring brand-name shops and restaurants to the airport with a new concession operator. Passengers could begin noticing changes at the airport within a few months. After several weeks of debate on the issue, the Board of Public Works voted 2-1 to have BAA USA Inc., the subsidiary of a British firm, take over from HMSHost Corp. of Bethesda, the 30-year incumbent concessionaire at the airport.
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By Candus Thomson, The Baltimore Sun | February 29, 2012
A losing bidder for the nearly half-billion-dollar contract to build and run two new travel plazas on Interstate 95 has asked a Montgomery County circuit judge to block state officials from voting on the agreement the morning of March 7 as planned. Judge Eric Johnson has scheduled a hearing on the request by HMSHost for Friday morning, at which time he will also hear arguments from the Maryland Transportation Authority and winning bidder Areas USA to lift a temporary restraining order and allow the contract vote by the Board of Public Works.
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February 25, 2012
Having worked for both HMSHost and Areas USA at travel plazas along the Florida Turnpike, I can assure Marylanders that Areas USA is the superior employer and operator ("Judge blocks award of travel plazas contract," Feb. 23). While I have the utmost respect and admiration for both companies, the simple truth is that when Areas USA took over the travel plazas in Florida, the company raised standards, implemented new training programs and empowered employees to achieve better results.
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By Candus Thomson, The Baltimore Sun | February 21, 2012
A Montgomery County circuit judge will decide by Thursday afternoon whether to block the state Board of Public Works from awarding a contract worth up to a half-billion dollars for rebuilding and operating two travel plazas on Interstate 95 north of Baltimore. The contract vote, however, is scheduled for Wednesday morning. Losing bidder HMSHost is seeking a 10-day restraining order to prevent the three-member board from sealing the deal while it reviews the winning bid documents of Areas USA. HMSHost, based in Bethesda, maintains that the Maryland Transportation Authority's bidding process was illegal and biased in favor of Areas.
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By Gus G. Sentementes, The Baltimore Sun | February 17, 2012
HMSHost Corp., a Bethesda-based travel hospitality firm, filed a lawsuit Friday in an attempt to block the state's award to another company of a contract to rebuild and run Maryland's two major travel plazas on Interstate 95. The lawsuit alleges that Areas USA and the state negotiated terms during the bid process, while HMSHost was not given that opportunity. Areas USA, a Miami-based company, won the bid last month. The Maryland Board of Public Works is scheduled to vote Wednesday on the contract.
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By Candus Thomson, The Baltimore Sun | February 14, 2012
The Maryland Transportation Authority has denied challenges from the two losing bidders over the awarding of a 35-year contract to build and manage the state's two travel plazas on Interstate 95 north of Baltimore. In a seven-page letter dated Tuesday, the authority's executive secretary said an evaluation committee had reviewed plans from HMSHost, Airport Plazas/Tichman Construction Corp. and Areas USA and determined that the Florida-based Areas USA best addressed the goals outlined in the request for proposals.
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By Meredith Cohn and Meredith Cohn,SUN STAFF | March 11, 2004
Maryland's newest proposed shopping mall has its own runway. A state panel gave final approval yesterday for Baltimore-Washington International Airport to bring brand-name shops and restaurants to the airport with a new concession operator. Passengers could begin noticing changes at the airport within a few months. After several weeks of debate on the issue, the Board of Public Works voted 2-1 to have BAA USA Inc., the subsidiary of a British firm, take over from HMSHost Corp. of Bethesda, the 30-year incumbent concessionaire at the airport.
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