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Board votes to hire firm for school projects without seeking bids PDF Print E-mail
Written by BILL SCHANEN IV   
Wednesday, 15 April 2015 20:32

PW-S officials say they trust architect who drafted $49.4 million referendum plan, don’t want to delay work

    Just days after voters gave them the green light to spend $49.4 million, Port Washington-Saukville School Board members went to work on a school improvement plan by voting Monday to hire an architectural firm to design the most expensive referendum projects in the history of the district without seeking bids from competing firms.

    School officials also endorsed a plan to borrow two-thirds of the money — $33 million — next month, nearly a year before construction is to begin, to take advantage of favorable borrowing conditions.

    The board, which has been told by administrators and consultants it must act fast if the district is to take advantage of low interest rates and favorable construction prices, voted unanimously to hire Bray Architects, subject to a final contract, to design a sweeping renovation of Port High and an addition at Dunwiddie Elementary School.

    Although the board has made it clear Bray will be the architect for the project, the district is still negotiating with the firm. Supt. Michael Weber said the standard rate for architectural services is between 6% and 8% of the project cost.

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