The Greeley-Evans School District Board of Education on Monday approved the selection of a project manager for the John Evans I.B. Middle School replacement project.
The project manager, also known as the owner’s representative, represents the district’s interest, making sure all requirements of the project are met.
“They provide us with another set of eyes and experts at the table,” Wayne Eads, chief operations officer for the district, said. “They go above what the architect and contractor might think.”
The district awarded the contract to RLH Engineering of Windsor and will pay the firm $353,185.
Eads said the district has used owner’s representatives with past construction projects successfully.
The process was not a “low bid” competition, but a request for qualifications, where applicants are scored on areas including experience, quality of work and how many of the district’s predetermined needs they can meet.
Once the successful applicant was chosen, the district negotiated for payment. The $353,185 is within the budgeted amount for the project, Eads said.
Seven companies applied for the project: Reagan & Associates Inc., Greeley; MEA Consulting Engineers Inc., Aurora; Wember Inc., Centennial; Construction Management Inc., a national firm with an office in Denver; Nabholz Construction Services Inc., Olathe, Kan.; RLH Engineering Inc., Windsor; Diversified Consulting Solutions Inc., Westminster; and Partners LLC, Denver.
From those seven, three were interviewed — RLH, Diversified and Partners — before RLH was hired.
Eads is also ready ask the board to award SlaterPaull/RB&B Architects of Fort Collins the architectural contract at its March 25 meeting.
SlaterPaull is the firm that helped the district apply for the Building Excellent Schools Today grant, which is paying for $22 million of the $30 million project.
They are also the firm that designed Severance Middle School and Aurora Hills Middle School, two of the newest traditional middle schools in the state.
Details on that process are not available yet.
“We know we’ll be able to build one step better since we have their architects,” he told the board with a laugh.