Construction manager picked for projects


Local News

August 1, 2019 - 10:45 AM

The red shaded area shows properties purchased last week by USD 257. The homeowner for the properties contacted the district. Their use has not yet been determined. The yellow shaded area shows houses being demolished for a new science building at Iola High School. GOOGLE MAPS

A Wichita construction company will be tasked with leading three projects for USD 257, including a new elementary school, a new science and technology building at Iola High School and new heating, ventilation and cooling systems at the middle school. Voters in April approved $35 million for the three projects.

A committee chose Coonrod & Associates to serve as construction manager for the project. The committee interviewed three construction companies Monday and made their selection using a scoring matrix in eight areas, covering things like arrangements with local contractors, references and past performance, for a total of 80 points. The companies submitted a fee structure to the state, which scored them based on a 20-point scale for a combined 100 possible points. Coonrod scored 83.97.

Just a point separated Coonrod from the next-highest scoring company, and another point between the second and third places, Superintendent Stacey Fager said.

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