2014-08-22 / Community

Consigli chosen to lead RSU 21 project

Portland firm wins bid to oversee renovation work on three schools
By Alex Acquisto
Staff Writer

KENNEBUNK — The Regional School Unit 21 board of directors voted unanimously to appoint Consigli Construction as the construction manager for the district’s three renovation projects.

The district had six firms apply to lead the project. Of the six, two others were also interviewed: PC Construction Company and Ledgewood Construction.

Representatives from each firm spent a day touring each of the three facilities to be renovated before drafting a hefty proposal and sitting through several hours of interviews.

All six firms submitted extremely impressive proposals, said Superintendent Kevin Crowley, but Consigli “stood out as our unanimous choice.” The firm had the “best grasp on all three projects and had personnel who we felt we could best work with in a collaborative manner,” Crowley said.

Consigli, located on Franklin Street in Portland, has successfully completed the three largest construction manager projects in Maine in the past 10 years, Crowley told the board on Monday night.

In those 10 years, Consigli has completed approximately $1.2 billion in kindergarten through grade 12 public school construction work.

More than half of the firm’s work is done on academic institutions, and 75 percent of its work is executed through the construction manager method. Approximately 80 percent of Consigli’s projects are completed in occupied buildings. Consigli has offices throughut New England and currently is working on the construction of the new Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut.

“Consigli offered their pre-referendum package, which includes costestimating, phasing, scheduling and public relations to the RSU for no fee,” Crowley said. “This means the RSU will incur no cost for the work performed should the referendum fail in November.”

If the referendum passes in November, Consigli will collect a pre-construction fee from the district of $85,000.

Once Consigli presents its estimates to the district and a guaranteed maximum price is agreed upon, the firm will charge 1.95 percent of the total cost estimate to cover overhead for the duration of work said David Thomas, Consigli’s executive director of the project.

A 6 percent fee will also be charged. This fee covers personnel and all tools and workspace Consigli will need.

Once the projects are completed, all money remaining in the contingency fund will be returned to the district.

Consigli has already begun preliminary work for the project.

“Part of the interview process was to develop a staffing plan,” Thomas said, “based on the scale of work,”

Thomas said one team will be devoted to Kennebunk High School and one team will be devoted to Mildred L. Day School and Kennebunkport Consolidated School.

Thomas said the company plans to hire separate subcontractors.

“The scale of work allows for different subcontractors to look at each project separately,’ Thomas said.

The firm also intends to bring in estimators with respective specialties to assess all factors of the project, who will pool their findings.

“We have experts in every facet of the work,” Thomas said.

Consigli is set to exchange estimates with Harriman Architects + Engineers Sept. 5. Consigli’s estimate and schedule verification is due to the board of directors Sept. 11.

Several board members lauded Consigli’s efforts so far and their thorough plan of action. “I was very impressed with your plan,” said board member Lionel Menard. “I think it will work better for students at the high school and staff at the high school.”

Anthony Consigli, president of the firm, told the board that they are “very much looking forward to partnering here with everyone in the community, and we’re looking forward to a successful referendum.”

Said Crowley, “I believe we have the top firm in this region, and I couldn’t be happier.”

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