Brecksville-Broadview Heights schools select construction manager for new elementary school

November 21, 2018

Brecksville-Broadview Heights schools select construction manager for new elementary school

BRECKSVILLE, Ohio – The Brecksville-Broadview Heights school board has selected a construction-manager-at-risk to oversee the building of a new elementary school.

Shook Construction Co., headquartered in Dayton with an office in Brecksville, offered the “best value” among four firms interviewed for the job, said schools Treasurer Jeff Hall. Value was determined by considering “several qualitative and quantitative attributes” of the four companies.

In plainer language, Hall said Shook’s experience building schools and other public projects, the company’s staff credentials and its record of finishing projects on time and on budget stood out.

According to its website, Shook has managed the construction of high schools in Canton, Englewood and Springfield; high school and college stadiums in Dayton, Oxford and Muncie, Indiana; an early-learning center in Englewood; a K-12 school in Cedarville; a pre-K-8 school in Greenville; a STEMM lab in Dayton; and a bioscience education center in Hamilton.

“They are a Brecksville company and with key personnel that have Brecksville roots, (who) live here with a keen interest in this project,” Hall said in an email to cleveland.com.

The schools will share Shook’s services with the city of Brecksville, which is building an athletic field house next to the site of the new school. Both buildings will be located on the 185-acre municipally owned Blossom Hill property off Oakes Road.

This summer, the city gave the schools 25 acres of the Blossom Hill property for the new school. In exchange, the schools gave the city the 3.6-acre Center Elementary School property on Royalton Road and 10.5 district-owned acres on Stadium Drive.

Mayor Jerry Hruby said the land-swap agreement gave the schools authority to hire a construction-manager-at-risk for both the new school and field house project. The city will be billed directly for its share of the costs.

Now, Shook and ThenDesign Architecture, a Willoughby firm that is designing both the school and field house, will prepare construction documents for the two buildings, according to Hall.

Then the Brecksville-Broadview Heights schools will negotiate with Shook a “guaranteed maximum price” agreement, which will set the maximum amount the district and city will pay for construction of the school and field house.

If the final costs of the projects exceed the GMP, Shook is on the hook for the overages, unless the schools or city decide to expand the scope of work, in which case the schools and-or city would pay. If the projects cost less than the GMP, the savings would return to the schools and-or city.

Hall said that for the most part, market prices will set the GMP. District officials are expected to present a GMP agreement to the school board in 2019.

It hasn’t been determined what percentage of the cost Brecksville will bear, but Hall said the district will pay for construction-manager costs related to the school and the city will pay for construction-manager costs related to the field house.

It has been determined that Brecksville will pay 15 percent, or $20,431, of Shook’s preconstruction costs, which total $156,208 and are separate from the GMP. Preconstruction services include constructability analysis, scheduling and estimating.

“It is estimated that the field house portion of the project and Shook Construction’s work equals (15 percent),” Hall said.

A committee consisting of school board members, school administration representatives, teachers, city officials, including Brecksville Mayor Jerry Hruby and citizens recommended Shook to the board after interviewing the four firms.

Also on the selection team were representatives from ThenDesign and school district attorney David Riley.

The other firms interviewed were Panzica Construction Co. in Mayfield, ICON in Cleveland and Gilbane Building Co. in Cleveland.

Last year, the schools unveiled a plan to build one new elementary school that will replace four existing elementary schools -- Central, Chippewa, Highland and Hilton -- due to declining enrollment.

In May, voters in the school district approved a 2.2-mill bond issue that will pay for the new elementary school.

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