WINNSBORO — Fairfield County School Superintendent J.R. Green’s recommendation that the school board approve the guaranteed maximum price (GMP) of $17,710,982 for the new Career and Technology Center was approved by a vote of 4-2 Tuesday night.
The GMP agreement authorizes Green to move forward with the contract for the construction of the New Career and Technology Center with M.B. Kahn Construction.
The GMP assures the district of a maximum price that will not be exceeded during the construction process.
Paula Hartman and Annie McDaniel were the two trustees who voted nay on the agreement.
Both members voted nay because the board has not received a list of classes that will be held in the career center and each believe that could impact the price.
Barring any significant changes requested by the district, the architect fee of $940,425 for Brownstone and MBMJ should be the only design fee according to Green.
“That is assuming that we don’t come back and make changes,” Green clarified. “If all of the sudden six months from now the school board decides it wants to add another 10,000 square feet to the facility, then that’s going to be an additional charge.”
Hartman questioned if changing the classes in the career center would change the design plan. Green explained that the classes selected for the career center would not change the design or cause the district to pay an additional architect fee.
“We have some flexible space and some space that can accommodate different programs,” Green replied.
Upon McDaniel’s questioning, new project manager Phil Roof reiterated Green’s point.
“Brownstone programmed space in the facility and allotted certain areas to cover all the programs the career center has and the flex spaces will be able to take care of any classes that are added,” he stated.
McDaniel stated that she is a bit embarrassed that the school board does not have a list of classes going into the new career center.
“We’re being asked to approve a contract and approve a guaranteed maximum price but we don’t know what classes are going to be in the career center,” she noted. “Because there are some classes if they aren’t part of the design could cause infrastructure changes that might need to occur.”
In response, Green emphasized that the district will not be adding any classes that would cause an infrastructure change.
Green said administration has been in discussions of consolidating some programs and adding others. However, once those talks are resolved he told McDaniel he would provide her a comprehensive list of classes.
Trustee Bobby Cunningham noted that the school board has been aware of the flexible design since the process began.
“From day one everybody on this board has been told some space and classes would be flexible,” he stated.
Roof delivered the GMP during Tuesday’s regularly called meeting after the recent resignation of Rick Stottlemeyer.
Stottlemeyer stepped down from his position as project manager and Roof has joined the Fairfield County School District staff as the new project manager for the new Career and Technology Center.
Green said Roof brings extensive experience in both the architectural and construction fields.
“I am confident Mr. Roof will provide a broad diversity of design and construction expertise, as well as ensure a new facility is built within the time frame with quality second to none,” Green stated.
Roof will also be instrumental in coordinating the daily construction activities while serving as the district’s representative in meeting with the architect and construction manager.
Roof noted that he has designed and constructed very complex facilities in the past and is looking forward to the construction of this new CATE facility.
“We will coordinate between the two schools to establish conditions during the construction phase that will ensure a safe environment near the work site for students, staff and the community,” he said. “When the project has been completed we will make sure that all building systems are up and running as they were designed to insure that the district receives the quality of the building planned and designed.”
The construction company M.B. Kahn Construction has been involved in the construction of more than 1,200 educational facilities in the last decade.
M.B. Kahn’s president Bill Cram believes that facility will offer incredible educational opportunities for the students of Fairfield County.
“We are grateful to have the chance to partner with Fairfield County Schools on this project,” Cram noted. “We also see this project as a local economic stimulus and we are committed to maximizing the impact on the local economy.”
M.B. Kahn staff will host a “Meet and Greet” for local businesses and interested individuals on May 29 at 6 p.m. at the District Auditorium.
The Brownstone Group is designing the facility with MBMJ Boomerang Group architects.
The ground breaking ceremony for the new Career and Technology Center will be held on June 2 at 9:30 a.m. between Fairfield Middle School and Fairfield Central High School.