Board Retains Construction Manager
KG&D Architecture showed a redesigned path connecting the auditorium side lobby to existing walkways. The group discussed the surrounding landscaping and agreed that some existing trees should be replaced during the project and that an overall landscaping plan would be needed to determine the scope of the changes.
KG&D also reported that cost estimators are now reviewing the drawings to come up with a budget that reflects the design development phase of the project. After the budget is set there will be a second review of proposed materials and finishes. The group also discussed some of the scheduling issues related to asbestos abatement and access to the auditorium.
The major agenda item was a review of the consultant report regarding a Project Labor Agreement as a way to manage planned construction. The report estimated this approach would save $48,000 on the total budget of $10 million. However, District counsel offered a legal opinion that the report did not make a compelling case for Bronxville's eligibility to enter into a Project Labor Agreement. At the end of the discussion the general consensus was that it would be safer to pursue the construction manager approach. Several construction management were interviewed earlier in the school year, and at its February meeting, the Board of Education agreed to retain the services of Park East Construction for a fee not to exceed $300,000. Chair of the Facilities Committee Jim Hudson pointed out that schedule and costs could be managed through careful bid specifications and related contracts, achieving the same results as a Project Labor Agreement. He complimented Dan Carlin for negotiating a lower fee for the construction management services.