NORTH ROYALTON, Ohio - The North Royalton school board has selected Hammond Construction Inc. in Canton to act as construction manager for the district's $88.9 million building reconstruction and renovation plan.
The plan involves replacing Albion, Royal View and Valley Vista elementary schools with one new school; adding a wing to North Royalton High School; and renovating North Royalton Middle School.
"Hammond's scope of work consists almost entirely of building schools, so they are very knowledgeable about our needs," schools Superintendent Greg Gurka said in an email to cleveland.com. "In addition, their community engagement strategies will make sure that our community is informed throughout the process."
Hammond was construction manager for Strongsville schools when that district built the new Strongsville Middle School, tore down the former Center Middle School and renovated Strongsville High School. According to its website, Hammond has also overseen projects for, among others, North Olmsted City, Lorain City and Streetsboro City schools, as well as Jackson Local Schools in Massillon.
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The North Royalton schools will now negotiate with Hammond a "guaranteed maximum price" agreement, which will set the maximum amount the district will pay for the reconstruction-renovation project. The administration plans to present the agreement to the board for approval in 2018.
If the final project cost exceeds the GMP, Hammond is on the hook for the overage, unless the district decides to expand the scope of the work, in which case the schools would pay. If the project costs less than the GMP, the savings would return to the schools.
The schools considered three other firms for construction manager. They were Gilbane Building Co., a Providence, Rhode Island firm with a Cleveland office; Panzica Construction Co. in Mayfield; and the Albert M. Higley Co. in Cleveland.
According to a resolution approved by the board, Hammond was "overwhelmingly preferred" by the construction-manager selection team, which included Gurka, Assistant Superintendent Jim Presot, schools Treasurer Biagio Sidoti, board members Dr. John Kelly and Heidi Dolezal and other administration officials.
Gurka said the district is still negotiating a contract with ThenDesign Architecture, a Willoughby firm chosen to design the reconstruction-renovation plan. The board approved hiring ThenDesign in August.
In May, voters approved a 4.4-mill bond issue and .5-mill tax levy that will generate $88.9 million for the district's building plan. The board has approved borrowing the money, which property owners will repay over 30 years. The borrowed money, in combination with the new property tax, will cost the owner of a $200,000 home $18.08 a month, or $217 a year.
In a separate project, slated for 2018 and 2019, the board has selected Taylor Consulting Group LLC in Mentor to design and oversee roof and masonry repairs at the middle school.
Gurka said the roof-masonry project is estimated at $2.1 million. The district will negotiate an amount, based on a percentage of construction costs, to pay Taylor. The percentage has not been determined....Read more