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NNCS picks two architects to talk about capital project proposal

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NORFOLK - The Norwood-Norfolk Central School Board of Education has selected two architectural firms to come in and talk with them about a proposed capital project in the district.

They also voted Tuesday night to send out a request for proposals seeking a construction management firm to oversee the project.

Board member Stephen Markum, a member of the district’s Facilities Committee, said they had solicited proposals from architectural firms about what services they could offer. They ended up with nine firms who responded to the RFP and whittled those numbers down based on the recommendation of Bob Brothers, the district’s superintendent of buildings and grounds and Roger Larose, the district’s superintendent of maintenance.

Those numbers were decreased more after Facilities Committee members opted not to consider firms that appeared to have underestimated the job by $100,000 to $500,000, Mr. Markum said.

“As a committee we said it was probably not a good idea to go with the low bids,” he said.

They ultimately selected William Taylor Architects and March Associates to present to the board.

“These guys are the experts. They know what they’re talking about,” Mr. Markum said.

He and the Facilities Committee also recommended a construction manager to watch over the entire project and address any concerns that might come up.

“There are a lot of timelines that have to be set in place,” Mr. Markum said, such as having the heat back on and ready to go by Sept. 15 and ensuring the job stays on track.

The state Education Department requires that district’s have heat ready to go on that date, according to Mr. Brothers, who concurred with the committee’s recommendation to bring in a construction management firm.

“This (project) is probably a little more complex” than others that had been done in the district, he said. “There’s going to have to be a lot of coordination.”

Among the items that will be examined for inclusion in the project are safety and security upgrades including additional cameras, some door replacements, upgrading lighting and replacing a heating system in the high school, Mr. Brothers said.

Now that the board has agreed on two finalists, outgoing Superintendent Elizabeth A. Kirnie said they’ll be invited in to inspect the buildings in preparation for a formal presentation to the board. The board would then choose the firm following that presentation and work could begin on scoping the project’s requirements.

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