GODDARD: BOE narrows choices for bond construction manager

By Sam Jack

GODDARD – At a special meeting on Tuesday, July 18, the Goddard school board took a step toward naming the construction firm that will handle the bulk of bond-funded construction at district facilities. Voters approved a $52 million bond issue in April.

Four Wichita-based construction firms responded to a Request for Qualifications, and board members advanced all four to the next round of consideration, according to board clerk and district spokesperson Dane Baxa.

The school board plans to sign a Construction Manager at Risk (CMAR) agreement with one of these four: Dondlinger Construction, Coonrod Construction, Hutton Construction or Simpson Construction.

“Those four were just sent a request for proposals, and it’s basically a more formal bid process, for the construction manager that will oversee subcontractors and oversee the general construction of the bond projects,” Baxa said.

The BOE is expected to choose a construction firm at its regular Aug. 21 meeting, Baxa said. After that happens, the firm will work with the district’s architects and staff to develop concrete plans and timelines.

In the meantime, some small and relatively straightforward bond-funded projects are being pursued outside of the CMAR agreement.

That includes a bid the BOE approved at its special meeting, for a replacement chiller at Goddard High School. Commercial Mechanical, Inc. (CMI), won the work with its bid of $162,700, plus a $10,000 contingency.

Repaving at GHS and intruder-proof lock installations for classrooms are two other projects that have already been put out for bid and should be underway soon.

“We’re trying to be very frugal in how we’re spending the money, and making sure that for all the projects, we’re spending the lowest amount (possible),” Baxa said.