April 7, 2014
GREENVILLE - Greenville City Schools continues to move forward with their two upcoming construction projects, which include a new K-8 facility on Ohio Street, and renovations at the high school.
A variety of district committees have worked hand-in-hand with Garmann Miller Architects and Engineers through the design process to develop plans for these projects, said Doug Fries, superintendent, in a press release.
These up-to-date facilities will enhance the educational delivery process as a whole, Fries said, with 21st century learning opportunities, and improved building safety and environmental conditions.
“Greenville City Schools is extremely excited about the construction team that has been put together for us to continue to move forward with,” said Superintendent Doug Fries. “We’re looking forward to working our way through the design process and getting started with the construction phase.”
The district has completed the construction document phase for the renovations at the high school, Fries wrote. An addition on the kitchen and cafeteria are in the plans, including replacement of existing kitchen equipment, he said. Along with that will be replacement of the galvanized domestic water piping and existing heating system, upgrades to the electrical services, lighting and technology updates in classrooms, painting, flooring and miscellaneous cabinetry, Fries stated.
The renovation will include an overhaul of the main office area, to provide a more secure entrance to the building, Fries noted.
Bids for this project will begin being solicited this month, and will bid as a single prime contract. Work is scheduled to begin during the 2014 summer, and should be completed by the start of the 2015-2016 school year. Work will be phased to allow for continuous of the school building by the district.
The K-8 project is co-funded by the Ohio School Facilities Commission (OSFC), and is currently in the schematic design phase, continuing to move forward, Fries commented. Greenville City Schools has worked diligently with the OSFC in selecting a team from a pre-approved list of owner’s and commissioning agents, Fries said, following an interview process.
Recently, Gilbane Building Company, Columbus, has been selected as the owner’s agent, and Four Seasons Environmental, Cincinnati, was selected as the commissioning agent. These agents are co-fundable firms, and are figured into the overall budget of the project, Fries said. 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, putting their hands on the project systems by reviewing design, installation and start-up of systems in the new facility.
The construction manager at risk (CM at risk) was chosen 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 brought about the final selection of Shook-Touchstone, Dayton-Lima, who will oversee the construction process.
Shook-Touchstone will work with Garmann Miller in schematic design to provide a guaranteed maximum price prior to bidding. Shook-Touchstone will bid to pre-qualify sub-contractors and will hold all sub-contracts for construction, Fries commented.
Presently at the Ohio Street location for the K-8 facility, site surveying, environmental and wetland studies and traffic studies are taking place. Locally, Mote and Associates are working for Garmann Miller as the civil engineers, Fries noted.
Dirt should begin to move in late summer at the new site, Fries said. Construction will continue for two years after that, he added.
“Thank you again for the support of the community for the upcoming construction project,” Fries said. “Strong schools, strong community. The district appreciates your support.”