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Inglewood Contractors Association founder unhappy with Forum project

INGLEWOOD — With work already under way to renovate the Forum — following its purchase last year from Faith Central Bible Church by the New York-based Madison Square Garden Company — the founder of the Inglewood Contractors Association has expressed disappointment that his preferred candidate to deliver the project’s 30 percent local hiring mandate has been rejected by the general contractor overseeing the work.

ICA’s Don Del Rio learned recently that general contractor Clark Construction turned down a proposal from THOR Construction, a general contracting and construction management company founded by Richard Copeland, an African-American businessman.

Copeland, who started out with one pick-up truck in Minneapolis, built a national company with annual revenues of $150 million with projects in Atlanta, Las Vegas and Los Angeles.

In an interview with The Wave, he said he was talking to Clark about some other projects a month ago when he learned about an opportunity to bring in some minority subcontractors on the Forum project. Copeland said he then received a call from Theodora Oyie, Clark’s diversity outreach co-coordinator, requesting an immediate meeting. He said he then sent his presentation team to meet with Clark executives.

THOR, Copeland said, specializes in inclusion. He said his company worked on AEG’s L.A. Live project and delivered 58 percent minority participation and hoped to do the same on the Forum project.

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