Friday, April 4, 2014

Greenville City Schools Construction Projects Move Forward

Submitted by Doug Fries, Superintendent of Greenville City Schools

A 3D Rendering of what the new entrance to the high school will look like. (Click to enlarge)
Both of the upcoming construction projects continue to progress for Greenville Schools. A variety of district committees have worked hand in hand with Garmann Miller Architects and Engineers through the design process to develop plans for renovating at the high school facility and a new building for the K-8 students. The new and updated facilities will enhance the total educational delivery process with Twenty First Century learning opportunities and improved building safety and environmental conditions.

The construction document phase for the Greenville High School addition and renovation project has completed. Work scope for the project includes an addition onto the kitchen and cafeteria, including replacement of existing kitchen equipment. Also scheduled as part of the project is replacement of the galvanized domestic water piping, replacement of the existing heating system, upgrades to the electrical service, lighting and technology updates in classrooms, exterior window replacement, roof replacement, and some interior updates including door replacement, painting, flooring and miscellaneous cabinetry. The project will feature a rework of the main office area to provide a secure entrance to the building.

Bids for work will be solicited during April. The project will be bid as a single prime contract with work scheduled to start the summer of 2014 and be completed by the start of the 2015-16 school year. Work will be phased to allow for continuous occupancy of the school building by the Greenville City School District.

The future K-8 building, a co-funded classroom facilities assistance program with the Ohio School Facilities Commission, is now in the schematic design phase and continues to move forward. Recent activity includes the selection of Gilbane Building Company (Columbus, OH) as the owner's agent and Four Seasons Environmental (Cincinnati, OH) as commissioning agent. Shook-Touchstone (Dayton-Lima, OH) has been chosen as Construction Manager at Risk and will oversee construction of the new facility. Garmann Miller and Associates (Minster, OH), architect and engineer for the design of new building, anticipate release of early site bid drawings in June 2014. Construction documents will follow for release in January 2015. Site work is scheduled to start the summer of 2014 and the building is targeted to be completed for the start of the 2016-17 school year.

The district has worked continuously with the OSFC in the selection of their construction team. The owner's agent and commissioning agent were both selected through an interviewing process with the OSFC from a pre-approved list. The construction manager at risk was selected through a request for qualification process followed by a review to short list the firms and then an interview and rating process completed with the OSFC for final selection. The district is pleased with each firm on the construction team and looks forward to having them in the community in the upcoming months.

The owner's agent and commissioning agent are both co-fundable firms that are figured into the overall budget of the project. The owner’s agent assists the district in facilitating project design and construction, monitoring project cost accounting records and reviewing the construction process. The commissioning agent oversees quality assurance. They actually put their hands on the project systems by reviewing design, installation and startup of systems in the new facilities.

The selected construction project delivery method for the new facility is a construction manager at risk model. The selected CM at Risk firm was Shook-Touchstone. They will now begin to work next to Garmann Miller Architects and Engineers in schematic design to provide a guaranteed maximum price prior to bidding. The CMR bids to prequalify subcontractors and holds all subcontracts for construction.

Presently at the new facility, site surveying, environmental and wetland studies, as well as traffic studies, are taking place. Locally, Mote and Associates are working for Garmann Miller as the Civil Engineer. Dirt should begin to move in late summer at the new site. Construction will continue for two years from that point.

Thank you again for the support of the community for the upcoming construction project. Strong Schools Strong Community. The district appreciates your support.

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