NORFOLK - Norwood-Norfolk Central School officials will be sending out a request for proposal for a potential construction manager who could work with them on a proposed capital improvement project.
The districts Board of Education met this week for a workshop to discuss a possible facilities project and that was one of the subjects discussed, according to Superintendent James M. Cruikshank.
We are going to be going out with an RFP for a potential construction manager, Mr. Cruikshank said.
During their meeting, board members discussed having a clerk of the works versus a construction manager for the potential project and leaned toward a construction manager based on the services that person could provide, he said.
A clerk of the works is kind of the boots on the ground, making sure the construction is following the plan, Mr. Cruikshank said.
A construction manager would also do that, he said, but that person also assist with other items such as scheduling the timing of aid disbursements for the project.
That person gets into the business of it a little more, Mr. Cruikshank said. Not that we dont have the experience with it, but we want to make sure we get as much aid back as possible. A construction management firm is somebody we hire to look out for our interests.
Board members selected two architectural firms in June to come in and talk with them about the proposed capital project.
They had solicited proposals from architectural firms about what services they could offer and ended up with nine firms who responded to the RFP. The districts Facilities Committee whittled those numbers down based on the recommendation of Bob Brothers, the districts superintendent of buildings, and grounds and Roger Larose, the districts superintendent of maintenance.
Those numbers were decreased more after Facilities Committee members opted not to consider firms that appeared to have underestimated the job by $100,000 to $500,000, school board and Facilities Committee member Stephen Markum told fellow board members in June.
They ultimately selected William Taylor Architects and March Associates to present to the board.
We have already narrowed the field of architects down to two. Theres a sense that we might want to get a construction manager process going so they can be involved in the selection of an architectural firm, Mr. Cruikshank said.
Discussions are still on-going about what would be included in the capital project, according to the superintendent, but among the items that have been discussed are safety and security upgrades including additional cameras, some door replacements, upgrading lighting and replacing a heating system in the high school.
We are still in the planning phase. We talked about potential items to add to the wish list. The construction management firm can assist us with the prioritization of items as well as the architect, Mr. Cruikshank said.
Theres quite a bit to what the needs are, he said.
That includes the health of the building, Mr. Cruikshank said.
Its an aging building. Were looking for energy efficiencies, such as switching from one type of heat to another or changing lighting. Really, there are better ways to manage all of that which are more cost-effective and not expensive to put in, he said. Were looking at cost-effectiveness so were more responsive to the community as well as security issues.
At this point, he said, the consensus of the school board members was to move forward to solicit a construction management firm. The request for proposal is currently being worked on and will be sent out once its finalized, Mr. Cruikshank said.
Were just planning that now. Were trying to be cautious, he said.