Friday, December 21, 2018

Construction Management

About 30 members of the Design Committee met on 12/19 to review submissions from six construction management (CM) firms. Each firm submitted a 25-page statement of qualifications (SOQ). The committee members are in the process of reviewing and scoring the submissions. This process will be completed by January 5 and I'll be compiling the scores to generate the top three. I'll check references of those and, assuming there are no "red flags", will submit them to the board at their January 17 meeting as the committee's recommendation for interviews. The board will interview all three firms in a special meeting and make a decision. Interested members of the community will be able to attend this open public meeting.

Some other information was shared at the Design Committee meeting:

  • OSPI now estimates that they will contribute up to $9.8 million for 55,632 square feet of new school. This is $1.8 million more than our previous estimate.
  • We were able to submit necessary forms to OSPI to preserve our ability to go out to bid in summer of 2019. While that is an aggressive timeline, we want to preserve all options available.
I'm working with an architectural firm to arrange tours of recently-built schools in the region. Some of the possibilities include Woodland HS, Hockinson HS and Hockinson MS as well as Salish MS in North Thurston SD. Tours will occur in late January. We believe that its important for the Design Committee to see what a 21st century school facility looks like.