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-18- January 28, 1985 meeting, "to proceed with the planning, design, and construction of food service facilities on the basis of direct Smithsonian financing." Senator Garn expressed regret that he had not been present at that meeting because he continued to favor the original concept of requiring the restaurant contractor to furnish the capital for the construction and renovation of the facilities. Mr. Adams replied that, while the principle may be reasonable, the specific terms resulting from negotiations with Marriott-LeRoy suffered from serious defects which outweighed the advantages envisioned of this approach. The Committee then discussed several of the proposed terms and the factors which complicated and protracted the negotiations. It was noted that there would be further discussion of this matter at the May 6, 1985 meeting of the Board of Regents. Reference was made to a legal opinion that Marriot-LeRoy's counsel submitted on March 18, 1985. Dr. Robinson gave the Committee a brief overview of the Zoo and with the assistance of his staff led the Committee on a tour of both the Great Ape House and the Health and Research Facility. Throughout the tour emphasis was placed on the Zoo's commitment to the preservation of zoological species through a variety of programs in reproductive physiology, health care and pathology, and animal behavior studies. It was noted that the extraordinary advances in zoological veterinary medicine in the last decade have made the need for a new veterinary hospital and enlarged laboratory space at the Zoo particularly acute. Prior to adjourning it was noted that at its next meeting the Committee will review the Institution's procedures for estimating the costs of construction projects.
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