NORFOLK - Norwood-Norfolk Central School officials will be interviewing representatives from two construction management firms Wednesday night to determine who could oversee an upcoming capital improvement project in the district.
Superintendent James M. Cruikshank told board of education members Tuesday night that five firms had responded to a request for proposal from the district, and he narrowed those down to C & S Companies and Watchdog.
Mr. Cruikshank told board members, in consultation with Bob Brothers, the districts superintendent of buildings and grounds, they had narrowed the candidates down and he had emailed them his choices and the rationale behind the selection.
The other three firms, however, could still be called in for interviews, according to Mr. Cruikshank. He said packets for all of the firms were available for board review to see if you come to the same conclusions I do. We can certainly go through their proposals if you wish, he said.
Mr. Cruikshank also provided board members, who he invited to take part in the interviews, with a list of possible questions they could ask the construction management firm representatives.
I do have some questions that we may want to ask, possible things we can talk to the construction management firms about, he said. I think as we venture into a capital project theres a lot of decisions that have to be made.
District officials have been leaning toward hiring a construction management firm to help select an architect for the capital project and oversee the work. In a discussion earlier this year using a construction manager versus a clerk of the works, they leaned toward the construction manager based on the services that person could provide.
They have narrowed their list of architectural firms from nine who responded to a request for proposal to two companies - William Taylor Architects and March Associates. The construction management firm will assist them with the selection of the architect.
The scope or cost of the capital project has not yet been determined. However, the focus will be in three areas - security and safety of the students, faculty and staff; energy efficiencies and cost-savings; and refurbishment of district assets.