September 23, 2014

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Five companies bid on North Ridgeville middle school project

NORTH RIDGEVILLE — A decision is expected next month on which one of five construction companies will build the district’s new middle school.

School officials received five proposals from companies vying to serve as general contractor and construction manager for the school, which is to be built with revenue from a $58.1 million bond issue voters approved last November.

The five companies are ICON Construction Solutions, Panzica-Bowen JV, Ruhlin Co., Turner Construction Co. and Regency Construction Services Inc., according to information provided by the district.

Four of the five companies are based in Cleveland. Regency is based in Lakewood.

The five companies will be narrowed to three finalists, which will then return for final interviews, said Superintendent James Powell.

“We will go through that process and rank them in order, and then negotiate with the top (ranked) one,” Powell said.

Powell said the school system may hire the general contractor by mid-April.

William Greene, the district’s assistant superintendent of building services, termed all five companies as “big players in the school building business.”

Greene noted the general contractor may subcontract parts of the project such as masonry work or installation of heating and air conditioning equipment.

Even as school officials consider the construction companies, the Ohio School Facilities Commission is negotiating with TDA (Then Design Architects), a Willoughby company that was selected to design the school, which will house grades three through eight and is expected to ease crowding at the current middle and elementary schools.

TDA also was the choice of the Ohio School Facilities Commission, which is contributing about $9 million for the new school to be built on district-owned land near the high school on Bainbridge Road.

TDA is determining what it will charge the school district for its services, Greene said. Once it completes its research, TDA will present a proposal to the district and the commission.

“Both have to negotiate with them (TDA) and both have to approve their plan,” Powell said.

The bond issue will pay for the new school as well as a new football stadium, expected to cost about $5 million.

Contact Steve Fogarty at 329-7146 or sfogarty@chroniclet.com.