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Plan to select key construction personnel for Streetsboro schools under way

by Mike Lesko | reporter Published: February 12, 2014 12:00 AM

Streetsboro -- Superintendent Michael Daulbaugh said it is possible the district could have its architect and construction manager at risk on board by mid-March.

They would be among the key personnel for the construction of new buildings, following approval of a $38.7 million bond issue by voters in the November general election.

The personnel picked will be involved in the specifics of constructing a new high school and renovations to the existing high school to house middle school students and expand and renovate Campus Elementary School.

In the construction manager at risk format, the School Board will hire a construction manager based on qualifications to serve as a general contractor and then negotiate his price rather than being forced to accept the lowest bidder on the project.

No specific amount is budgeted for the contracts, but money will come from the funds provided by the November bond issue.

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Daulbaugh outlined the processes at the Jan. 9 Streetsboro Board of Education meeting.

On Jan. 13, he said school leaders should be able to see a list of architects that applied to work on the schools' two projects. One project would include everything on the Route 14 site, which means the new high school and stadium. The other part would include the buildings on the Route 303 campus, which means the new middle school plus the addition to Campus Elementary School.

The Ohio Facilities Construction Commission will assign two people to rate the architects, and so will Streetsboro schools.

"It's a collaborative scoring [process]," he said. "Once we grade all the architects [who applied], we'll create a score sheet."

After that, the list will be whittled to a short list of three candidates by officials in Columbus.

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In the week of Feb. 15, there will be a pre-interview meeting.

"It is not an informational meeting," Daulbaugh said. "It is a meeting where the architects on the short list of three get to come to us and say, [for example], 'What did you mean by a high school auditorium with 800 seats? How did you want this to look? What were your ideas about that?' It is simply a question-and-answer session.

"That's also when we'll say, 'Give us the names of three buildings [you've worked on] so we can visit,'" he said.

Streetsboro school officials will visit those buildings between Feb. 17-28.

During the week of March 3 to 7, "we'll do our interviews [with the three architects]," he said. "That can be done in executive session at a special Board meeting."

A final selection should made by about March 7.

In mid-January, a similar process will begin to select one or possibly two construction managers at risk.

"We have two projects, so we could have one or two construction managers at risk," he said.

On Feb. 28, a short list of three candidates will be announced. On March 6, there will be a meeting where construction managers at risk can ask questions of school officials. On March 10-14, interviews with construction managers at risk will be scheduled, and those selected, whether it is one or two, would be known around mid-March.

Issue 22, a combined 4.56-mill bond and .5-mill permanent improvement levy, was passed by voters Nov. 5 with 1,827 votes in favor of it and 1,605 votes against it. Along with $24 million from the state, a $38.7 million bond will help pay for construction, and the permanent improvement levy will help maintain it.

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