Dougherty County School System Buildings and Ground Committee members Velvet Riggins, from left, and Darrell Ealum and DCSS Administrative Assistant Jack Willis listen to Facilities Director Bob Fowler explain the district’s construction delivery options Wednesday. (Staff Photo: Terry Lewis)
ALBANY — The Dougherty County School System’s Buildings and Grounds committee on Wednesday finally reached agreement on the three construction delivery methods the district will chose among as it moves forward with a five-year plan for nine different capital projects worth more than $40 million.
The committee easily approved Design-Bid-Build and Construction At-Risk Management processes, but got hung up on Design-Build when DCSS Board member Darrel Ealum objected to the teams of approved architects and contractors because no Albany builders were among the initial four selected to begin first work on the projects.
In Design-Build, an architect and construction company form a team to work on projects. SP Design Group of Macon and Allstate Construction of Perry, SRJ Architects of Albany and Dublin Construction of Dublin, Buckley and Associates of Albany and Kinney Construction of Leesburg, and Buckley and Parrish Construction of Perry, were among the first four.
Two other approved teams, Altman & Barrett Architects of Valdosta, and Yielding, Wakeford & McGee of Albany and LRA Constructors of Albany, are also on the list of approved Design-Build teams.
Ealum, who called the Design-Build selection process “flawed,” made a motion to toss out the entire six-team list and begin the process anew, but it died for lack of a second.
The committee then voted 2-1 (with Velvet Riggins and Milton “June Bug” Griffin) to approved the current list of six approved teams.
In other agenda items, the committee voted 3-0 to send 25 Dougherty High Phase II change orders worth $77,000 to the full board for approval.
“We are running into some problems at Dougherty because some of the existing drawings are not matching the conditions in the building,” DCSS Facilities Director Bob Fowler said. “The unforeseen conditions are mainly with the walls. I hope we’ve seen most of it by now, but a lot of this stuff turns up during demolition.”
The committee also gave the nod to awarding toilet upgrades and miscellaneous capital modifications at Magnolia Education Center and Sylvester Road to SRJ Architects.
The full board will meet to vote on the change orders and capital modifications at its next meeting next Wednesday.