Streetsboro schools pick architect; search for construction manager next

by mike lesko | Reporter Published:

Streetsboro -- School leaders selected FMD Architects to work on its school upgrade process, according to Superintendent Michael Daulbaugh.

"After interviewing the three architectural firms, in conjunction with the Ohio Facilities Construction Commission, we selected FMD Architects for both projects [high school-stadium and at Route 303 campus]," he said. "They will be formally approved at April 10 School Board meeting."

In addition to FMD, the other two architectural firms on the short list were Then Design Architects [TDA] and VSWC Architects.

The next phase of the process is to hire a construction manager using the "construction manager at risk" model, Daulbaugh said.

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

Daulbaugh said school leaders went through the exact same process with the construction managers at risk as they went through with the architects. School leaders looked at documents submitted by candidates for construction manager at risk. Each document was between 50-120 pages long, Daulbaugh said at the March 13 Streetsboro Board of Education meeting.

"We read through all those proposals -- 15 total for the two projects -- and we did a very scripted rating system," he said. "The OFCC says you have to score things a certain way."

Daulbaugh said the Streetsboro rankings were combined with the OFCC rankings, using a formula where the scores are combined to get a short list.

Daulbaugh said the short list of three construction manager candidates includes Ruhlin Co., Panzica Co. and Hammond Construction. Either one or two construction managers could be picked, Daulbaugh said.

"When the construction managers are bidding on this project, part of the interview process is, they're going to come to us and tell us what they can do the project for, price-wise," Daulbaugh said. "They're going to tell us that guaranteed maximum price that they're willing to come in and bid at. That's a very important part of this."

On March 20, school leaders conducted what is called a pre-proposal meeting, Daulbaugh said.

"We can have two School Board members present," Daulbaugh said. "But it's not going to be like the architects' meeting where I did a presentation for them. [Instead], we're going to sit down, and they're going to ask us questions because that's how they're going to funnel down to the price they offer us during their interviews. So part of that interview process is a price, and also presenting how they can pull off the project."

A new high school and stadium will likely be built on Route 14. At the Route 303 school campus, the existing high school will be heavily renovated to accommodate grades six through eight, and an addition will be built at Campus Elementary School, following the approval of a bond issue in November. The current middle school and Wait Primary School will eventually be closed. Henry Defer Intermediate School would not be renovated, but would only serve fourth- and fifth-graders, according to the district's plan.

"Originally, we were going to schedule the interviews [for construction manager] to occur at our Board meeting in April," Daulbaugh said. "We've since changed that. We're going to schedule an interview evening or Saturday -- we're not sure yet -- of these three [candidates] in early April."

Daulbaugh said the architect will be a part of that interview process -- "and needs to be a part of that because [the architect and construction manager are] going to be working hand-in-hand with each other."

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