PATASKALA — Licking Heights has hired someone to design its upcoming expansion project.
The school board recently tabbed Fanning-Howey Associates, Inc. to provide architectural services on the building project.
It made the move after narrowing down a list of 10 applicants to three.
With Fanning-Howey in place, Heights Superintendent Thomas Tucker stated he is pouring over five or six master facility plans, for both the expansion project and future building needs.
He intends to recommend one of the plans to the board in the coming weeks.
Were getting very close to narrowing down our choices, stated Tucker, adding that Fanning-Howey can start design work of a specific expansion plan once the board approves his recommendation.
Heights is moving forward with the project to remedy overcrowding.
Projections show the districts enrollment will jump from 3,355 in 2010-11 to 4,992 by 2018-19. In the short term, without new classrooms, the district predicts every school will be over capacity within two years.
The district already has the money to undertake the expansion project.
It issued $10.5 million in certificates of participation, which are similar to construction bonds, earlier this year. School officials intend to pay back the certificates using some of the proceeds from a 1.99-mill permanent improvement levy.
The scenario granted the district to generate the needed money without having to place an issue on the ballot.
With Fanning-Howey in place, the school board now needs to decide whether it wants to hire a construction manager or an owners representative to oversee the construction phase of whatever project the architect designs.
Board member Richard Wand argued against hiring a construction manager at a recent meeting. Wand stated it does not make financial sense to pay someone to work 40 hours a week on a project that could take up to 18 months.
An owners representative, by contrast, only would need to work a few days a week, he said.
Tucker added it would take 3 percent of the total project cost to hire a construction manager. By contrast, it would cost half a percent to hire an owners representative.
For the size of the project, the district does not need a construction manager, Tucker said.
source : www.newarkadvocate.com
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