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NNCS officials interview two construction management firms

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NORFOLK - Norwood-Norfolk Central School officials have interviewed two construction management firms to oversee a proposed capital project, and they hope to select one of them during their November board of education meeting.

“I’m hopeful that I will” have a recommendation for the board, Superintendent James M. Cruikshank said.

Five firms had responded to a request for proposal from the district, and Mr. Cruikshank and Bob Brothers, the district’s superintendent of buildings and grounds narrowed those down to C & S Companies and Watchdog. Those two firms were called in for interviews two weeks ago.

“We did have both firms in. They both had very good presentations. We went through a series of questions with them,” Mr. Cruikshank said.

One of the firms, he said, “is maybe a little larger and more corporate-minded.”

“The other is a little smaller and a relatively newer company,” according to the superintendent.

District officials have been leaning toward hiring a construction management firm to help select an architect for the capital project and oversee the work. In a discussion earlier this year on using a construction manager versus a clerk of the works, they leaned toward the construction manager based on the services that person could provide.

They have narrowed their list of architectural firms from nine who responded to a request for proposal to two companies - William Taylor Architects and March Associates. The construction management firm will assist them with the selection of the architect.

“We wanted a separate firm. We’re dealing with a lot of money. We need to make sure we have some oversight as to how that money is being used. We need somebody with construction knowledge. The firms we’ve talked with both offered offered similar services,” Mr. Cruikshank said.

Those include “boots on the ground” services similar to a clerk of the works, as well as management and coordination of when the work gets done, he said.

The scope or cost of the capital project has not yet been determined. However, the focus will be in three areas - security and safety of the students, faculty and staff; energy efficiencies and cost-savings; and refurbishment of district assets.

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