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USD 383 picks BG, Gould Evans for bond projects
January 18, 2019
As seen in The Mercury, by Emily Porter. (Jan 18th, 2019)
The Manhattan-Ogden school board Wednesday picked two architects for bond-related construction projects.
The board hired BG Consultants for design and Alloy Construction to renovate the early learning centers, build a new elementary school in Blue Township, renovate nine elementary schools and add wings at both middle schools. Gould Evans will handle the new high school addition and renovation of support services buildings, like the maintenance center.
BG Consultants was the only firm to interview for every project during a series of interview sessions last week. Gould Evans completed the last high school renovation project following the 2008 bond.
“We did your (high school) in 2009, ’10 and ’11 and it was pretty challenging,” Adam Sterns of Gould Evans told the board during interviews Jan. 10. “We think we can overcome any difficulties. There is great leadership in your local consultants. I know the West Campus. I’ve walked every square foot of it, and I know what’s there.”
The board also hired three companies to work with the design teams and keep the projects on track.
BHS Construction and Hutton will work on the early learning centers and all elementary school projects.
McCownGordon will oversee the middle school additions, high school addition and support services projects.
District officials will begin contract negotiations with the companies, which assistant superintendent Eric Reid will bring back to the board for final approval.
The school board also agreed to hire Wyatt Hoch of Foulston-Siefkin of Wichita to serve as the attorney for the bond projects. Reid said while the district has typical legal counsel, what could come up in the bond projects could be “a little above what normal legal services they offer.”
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