Jefferson Co. BOE Begins Negotiations with Architect for Construction of Elementary School | Newspaper
CHARLES TOWN – Among several approvals for the next steps to be taken in bond projects at the Jefferson County Education Council meeting on Monday evening, ZMM was unanimously approved as the architect for the new construction elementary schools in Shepherdstown and Ranson.
Assistant Superintendent of Operations Joyce White recalled that the district is required to adhere to West Virginia code 5G-1, which, when it comes to the procurement of architectural and engineering services, negotiations on prices can only start after approval by the board of directors. If the District couldn’t come to an agreement with ZMM, it would begin negotiating with its second recommendation, McKinley, and if it failed to come to an agreement once more, it would move on to the third recommendation, Thrasher instead. Once the district leaves negotiations with a company, it cannot return to that company.
ZMM bought out the company that recently completed the Jefferson County Comprehensive Educational Facilities Plan, the district having good relations with team members. ZMM is a full service company with extensive experience building new educational institutions in the state. Project manager Allegra Enochs said the company has designed more than 30 educational projects, including 15 new elementary schools in the past five years, an average of three per year.
“We’re lucky to have Jefferson County having both of them,” she said. “In the surrounding counties of Berkeley; Frederick County, Virginia; and Warren County, Va., we’ve designed over 14 new K-12 schools and completed countless other renovation projects. We have extensive experience working with the West Virginia School Building Authority.
A big selling point for ZMM over other companies, which White said were all highly skilled, which made it difficult for the committee to choose which to recommend, was the fact that ZMM will have two teams with all internal employees. for projects. .
“A committee chose ZMM. We had very qualified architects, ”White said. “We were very lucky that all of our architects were well qualified. It was a difficult decision because they were very qualified. We chose ZMM for the very reason they told you – they’re a full-service architect, which means it’s a one-stop-shop for us. If I want to talk to a civil engineer, I don’t need to talk to the architect who calls the civil engineer, tell the civil engineer to call us back, because Bill (Shelton) is already on board. This makes things a lot easier, as they are able to coordinate, work together, and plan together as a team. They are big enough to be able to provide us with two full teams to be able to work on each project for each school.
Shelton is one of the civil engineers who will be working with Jefferson County. He said the ZMM team has 12 registered architects and 12 professional engineers. Randy Jones will act as the Project Manager and Enochs as the Assistant Project Manager, able to attend meetings and handle projects as she is located out of the Martinsburg office.
“The way we broke it down, because we have two projects, is that we have two teams – two registered architects, Hunter and Kyle,” Shelton said. “We have our spec writer, two interior designers to help us. Myself and another of our civil engineers will be doing the site design. We have two separate teams to make sure the project gets the attention it needs. “
Giving a timeline for the project, Shelton explained that negotiations will begin now that the company is approved, with ZMM having already worked on potential designs for each school. These designs then become the framework from which to build, designing the concept following the original plans. Once the design is presented to the committee, it moves to the schematic phase, about a third of the project. From there, the designs are presented to the board for review and then to the WV School Building Authority.
Board chair Kathy Skinner asked ZMM about her knowledge and understanding of SBA requirements, with Jefferson County being one of the few to be approved for SBA funding, which added approximately $ 7 million in additional funding.
White assured that ZMM is well versed in working with the SBA.
Several other bond projects were also approved for next steps by the board of directors on Monday evening. Each was approved unanimously.
Sherwin Williams has been approved to carry out the mat replacement projects in select schools with an offer of $ 46,294.80. Jefferson Asphalt has been approved to complete asphalt repairs on the track at Charles Town Middle School for $ 41,350, and Shenandoah Air Conditioning and Heating Inc. has been approved to work on two HVAC units with a low bid. of $ 20,960.