2014-11-21 / Community

New construction manager hits the ground running

PC Construction replaces Consigli Construction after estimate discrepencies were found
By Alex Acquisto
Staff Writer

KENNEBUNK — The district has officially begun its working with PC Construction Company, which has replaced Consigli Construction.

The decision was made two weeks ago after it became clear to the board that Consigli’s estimated price to renovate Mildred L. Day School in Arundel, Kennebunkport Consolidated School and Kennebunk High School was at least $1 million higher than the targeted cost, $56.8 million.

Harriman Architects + Engineers provided the district with a project estimate of $56.8 million earlier in the summer.

Harriman also advised the district to hire a construction manager for the project as a means of acquiring more concrete, thorough estimates. In doing so, Consigli (the first choice for construction manager) found an $8 million discrepancy in Harriman’s estimates versus their estimates. This discrepancy was a major setback for the district and inhibited the board from sending the referendum to voters in November.

Superintendent Kevin Crowley contacted PC Construction Tuesday, Nov. 4 and reported to the board at Monday’s meeting that representatives expressed a “high interest” in pursuing the building projects. Consigli’s efforts to reconcile the difference resulted in the estimate that is $7 million more than the district’s threshold.

“They agreed to perform all the work associated with the pre-referendum work for no cost,” Crowley said at Monday’s meeting. Harriman will continue working for the district at no cost as they now collaborate with PC.

Representatives from PC visited Kennebunk High School with representatives from Harriman Wednesday, Nov. 12 to tour the facility. They then met with Crowley and Assistant Superintendent Katie Hawes to discuss the district’s expectations about the projects.

“At this point, we’re looking at Dec. 10th for our first check in, Jan. 5 for our second check in,” Crowley said. Representatives from PC will then visit the administrative team Jan. 20 with their estimate, “and we plan to bring it to you during a special board meeting on Jan. 26.”

The PC and Harriman team will “bid the original scope” of each of the three buildings as of Sept. 14, 2014, Crowley said, “with one exception: the refinement of the plan through October and November where they reduced 6,782 square feet, that square footage will come out,” Crowley said. The square footage coming out does not “in any way at all affect programming,” Crowley said.

Board member Mary Beth Luce asked if the board “is looking at a June referendum? Do we have a drop-dead date that we need to have an answer in order to get something going for June?”

Crowley said he can give a drop-dead date, but he thinks “the biggest debate the board really needs to look at is, are you going to go forward with a June referendum or a November referendum? And there are positives and negatives to each one of those.”

Several members of the board said they’d like to see the building committee be reinstated for efficiency and vetting purposes.

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