Three firms will work simultaneously on the reconstruction project for South Albany High School following the April 1 fire that destroyed the cafeteria, with a goal of finishing Aug. 15.
The Albany School Board on Monday voted 4-0, with Lyle Utt absent, to tap HMK Co. of Salem as project manager, with a management fee not to exceed $191,400.
The board also voted unanimously to contract with gLAs Architects of Eugene for the schematics design, and with Gerding Builders of Corvallis as the construction manager/general contractor, known as CM/GC. All three companies have previous experience working with Albany schools.
The CM/GC approach is different from the more traditional design-bid-build process because it has the general contractor work simultaneously with the architect and design team on the final scope of the project.
The CM/GC firm submits a guaranteed maximum price and then subcontracts for the work. The idea is to have fewer change orders, delays and cost overruns because the entities are working together to determine what materials and methods will be most efficient.
State law allows contracting authorities to choose the CM/GC method over the traditional design-bid-build if they deem it necessary. Albany staff members recommended this approach to save time in putting up a new building in time for the 2015-16 school year.
The blaze, which police are calling a suspected arson, destroyed the building that contained South Albany’s cafeteria, band and choir rooms, home economics kitchens, child development classroom and the district’s main kitchen, which served several other schools and programs in addition to South Albany.
Constructed in 1971, the building was about 25,000 square feet. Insurance will cover the replacement value of the building and its contents, but the district is looking at what changes might be made to improve efficiency, which may change both the final size and cost.
Design meetings haven’t started yet, so total project costs are not yet known, said Russell Allen, the district’s business manager.
Because specialized classrooms such as kitchens and music rooms cost more to build than standard classrooms, the district is going on an estimate of $300 per square foot. That would result in a ballpark figure of about $10.7 million for construction, administrative, planning, contingency and cleanup costs. Classroom materials would be an additional cost.
HMK will complete schematic designs and bring drawings and cost estimates for the board to approve, said David McKay, the company’s project director. When a guaranteed maximum price is known, he said, he’ll come back before the board for that contract amount.
Allen said the plan to have the new building up by mid-August is “possible, but it’s very aggressive.”
“It’s probably better to let the date slip if we had to, than make bad decisions,” he added.