[Ferndale, Wash.] The Ferndale School District has been unanimously approved to use General Contractor/Construction Manager, or GC/CM, process for the design and construction of the new Ferndale High School.
On July 25, District officials made the case to use the GC/CM process to the Capital Projects Advisory Review Board – a Board designated by the State of Washington to review and advise public entities regarding capital projects.
“We have a complex site and limited resources,” said Ferndale School District Superintendent Dr. Linda Quinn. “We know that we are going to need to take extreme safety precautions as we move forward with building a new FHS while students are occupying the old FHS on the same campus. We also know that we are going to need to be exceptionally frugal and diligent about safeguarding every penny for this project. The GC/CM process will help us do both of these things, and we are really thrilled that the Construction Project Advisory Review Board members agreed that we qualify to use this particular construction practice.”
The General Contractor/Construction Manager method allows the general contractor to participate as an adviser during the architects’ design of a major construction project. This improves communication, because the general contractor can provide input on the availability and cost of suggested materials and perhaps offers cheaper alternatives. The GC/CM method will cost the school district a little more upfront for the general contractor's time, but in the long run the contractor’s suggestions about the affordability of different designs can save us significant dollars.
Joe Lupo, a construction expert and community volunteer said, “This is the right way to go here in Ferndale. We need to make sure that we manage risk and get our construction team selected and working together from the very beginning. I am a big advocate for this process and am glad to see this result.”
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