OFCC BUILDING PROJECT UPDATE
Staff interviews with Garmann/Miller were conducted the week of October 6th. This is the first round of interviews to get input from everyone on what is needed for each individual space. We will meet again with staff in roughly six weeks once Garmann/Miller has room layouts designed. Schematic designs are scheduled to be completed by October 17th.
Eight Construction Management companies have submitted qualifications to OFCC and Apollo to review. OFCC has given the Superintendent and Facilities Manager score sheets for these firms that will be used in conjunction with two people from OFCC to narrow down to three firms.
The three finalists were selected on October 14th and will be given tours at Apollo with Dick Schroyer and me on October 17th. The three finalists are Shook Touchstone, Gilbane Building Company, and Lend Lease Construction. Interviews will take place on October 31st with these three firms and we will select the CMR on November 4th.
A meeting was held on October 1st at Apollo with Garmann/Miller’s mechanical engineers, Shawnee Township’s Fire/Police Chiefs, and an engineer with City of Lima’s Water Department to review life safety systems for the building project. Items of discussion included site plan review, Knox box locations, site access, water supply, fire suppression system riser location, security plans, safe rooms and hydrant locations.
A site design and floor plan review meeting was held with Garmann/Miller Architects and Apollo’s Core team on October 14th. Landscaping, traffic flow, parking, curbs, etc…were discussed.
A meeting is scheduled for October 30th with Garmann/Miller’s electrical Engineers to review the electrical design and layout. I have another meeting scheduled for November 5th with Garmann/Miller, Brewer-Garrett and Control Systems of Ohio to discuss the design for the building HVAC automation system.
Alexander and Bebout have begun digging and pouring the footers for the Arena project. The building itself is to be shipped on November 7th.
OFCC BUILDING PROJECT UPDATE
- Interviews for Owner Agents were held August 21st with Quandel Construction Group, Regency Construction Services and The Ruhlin Company. Apollo’s Core Team and Madison Dowlen from the OFCC agreed that Quandel should be selected as Apollo’s representative for this project.
- Garmann/Miller presented initial floor plan drawings for the building project to Apollo’s core team on August 27th. We had a follow-up meeting on September 7th to review changes we asked Garmann/Miller to make.
- We held a bid meeting for the Construction Technologies covered arena project on August 22nd. Alexander and Bebout Inc. came in with low bid. We have scheduled a pre-construction meeting to develop a schedule and go over the details of the project.
- We had a Project Core meeting to discuss:
- Signing of OFCC Agreement
- Approval of Architectural Agreement
- Approval process for rating/selection of Construction Manager at Risk and sending out Request for Qualifications
- Start Phasing Plan/Construction Schedule meetings with Owner/Agent
- Interview schedule for Construction Manager at Risk
- Schematic design, geotechnical company soil borings, construction testing, and environmental schedules from Garmann/Miller
- We also had the Eco-Charrette (LEED) on September 9th. Attendees included Apollo’s core team, two representatives from OFCC, two representatives from Quandel Construction Group, one representative from Brewer Garrett LLC, Shawnee Township’s fire/police chiefs, and three representatives from Garmann/Miller Architects. Laura Little from Garmann/Miller led the meeting and we went through a checklist to determine where our project may fall for LEED (Leadership in Energy & Environmental Design) certification. There were parts of the checklist that we could not answer this early in the project but with all the other points tallied we are initially looking at LEED Silver certification. The Core Team will continue to look at ways to possible achieve Gold certification as we progress through the project.
- Many hours have been spent researching HVAC systems, looking at systems at a number of schools, and asking advice from experts and people I trust with knowledge of these systems. The reccommendation is that we install a Variable Air Volume/Chiller/Boiler system with a heat recovery chiller for the high school renovation. We put together a HVAC "Decision Matrix" spreadsheet to compare systems and I had Garmann/Miller put together a "Life Cycle Cost Analysis" on the three systems. Reasons are there will be a lower initial cost, the system is easier to construct, the maintenance costs are lower, we can use the chiller we installed two years ago, and our maintenance staff will have a much easier time learning/running this system. This system is not quite as energy efficient as the other two systems but when we compared up-front and maintenance costs, this system came out in front.