Hartford Union High School’s Board of Education on Monday night
approved hiring CG Schmidt Company to act as construction
manager for two major building projects the school district
wants to begin later this year.
Schmidt will oversee all construction aspects of the projects
which include reconstructing the boys and girls locker rooms and
remodeling the high school’s physics classroom. The preliminary
cost estimate for completing both projects is between $3.6
million-$4 million. The contract approved Monday calls for CG
Schmidt to be paid more than 1.6 percent of the project costs
and a monthly fee of $35,175.
“Due to the complexity of the projects it was advised that the
district seek to secure a construction manager to assist in each
of the different phases of the projects in order to make the
construction transition more smoothly and be of increased
quality, yet sacrifice as minimal cost as possible,” Director of
Business Services Andrew Sarnow said.
Sarnow estimated the district would pay the company about
$325,000 at the end of the projects if completed on time.
“We’re looking forward to working with the district on these
projects,” said Eric Schmidt, who will serve as the company’s
team leader for the projects.
Sarnow said the district had conducted extensive interviews and
research into the four companies that bid to manage the
projects, but CG Schmidt had the best score and were highly
recommended by references and past clients.
New board member Joshua Schoemann served as a member of the
committee that helped interview the bidders and helped research
their backgrounds. He said others who had worked with CG Schmidt
gave the company high marks.
“I didn’t hear one bad word about them,” Schoemann said. “We
asked the same questions of every company when we did our
research: Were they under budget? Were they on schedule? Did
they get along with the architects? Did they do good work?”
Sarnow said. “The answers were yes for them on every question.”
The board has signed off on the final designs for the work and
gave Bray Architects permission to seek bids.
The board is also preparing for another, separate project to
remodel the school’s cafeteria and kitchen. Details on that work
are yet to be finalized before a final decision is made on that
Matt Wolfert of Bray Architects said the locker room work will
be completed in phases so some locker room space is available
during construction in the school year. In the summer the locker
rooms will be unavailable. The locker rooms still have the
original lockers from when the school was built around 1959-60.