Eleven firms have applied for the job of helping the Lawrence school district manage six school building projects, providing a slate of candidates considerably larger than what many Lawrence school board members expected.
Applications for providing the program management services were due to the district Thursday. Craig Fiegel, the district's director of business and facilities, said the district received applications from eight construction firms, two architectural groups and a construction consultant.
The firm selected by the school board will help the district oversee the construction of two new elementary schools and a fourth junior high school. The program managers also will help oversee the renovation of Central Junior High School and Lawrence High School and the expansion of Wakarusa Valley School.
All the building projects are part of a $29.9 million bond issue package that district voters approved in November.
SCHOOL BOARD member Mary Loveland said this morning that she was impressed by the number of candidates.
"Frankly, I wouldn't have anticipated many more than that because, as I understand it, we had a very detailed request for services," Loveland said. "I'm just hoping that these people really understood exactly what we want."
The district's request for program management services outlines 22 areas of work. The scope of work includes:
Developing a program budget and schedule for all projects, including the design, construction and move-in phases.
Meeting with the architect for each project on a weekly basis to monitor design progress and the preparation of bid documents.
Assisting the district and the architects in identifying qualified bidders for each project.
APPLICANTS also were asked to provide a breakdown of estimated fees for the services. Fiegel said fees offered by the applicants ranged from 1 percent to about 3 percent of total project costs.
School Board Vice President John Tacha said this morning that the 3-percent figure sounded "too high." But like Loveland, Tacha said he was impressed by the number of applicants.
"I feel good about that," Tacha said. "That's certainly better than having a couple and wondering if you have anything at all to compare with."
The applicants are: J.E. Dunn Construction, Kansas City, Mo., in association with Wayne Postoak, a local contractor; Walton Construction, Lenexa; the local project management team of Harris Construction, Gene Fritzel Construction and B.A. Green Construction; Universal Construction, Kansas City, Kan.; Turner Construction, Kansas City, Mo.; Titan Construction, Olathe; Fogel Anderson Construction, Kansas City, Mo.; CCL Construction Consultants, with Black and Veatch Architects, Overland Park; Dicarlo Construction, Kansas City, Mo.; Gossen Livingston and Associates, Kansas City, Mo.; and Project Coordination Architects, Lawrence.
"THAT'S AN extremely impressive list," board member Tom Murray said this morning.
Fiegel said a district screening committee will meet Tuesday to pare down the list to three or four candidates. The committee includes Fiegel, Lawrence School Supt. Al Azinger, board members Alice Fowler and Jerry Hannah, and Ron Helms, professor of architectural engineering at Kansas University.
The school board will interview the finalists Feb. 13.