[Ferndale, Wash.] The Ferndale School District shared previously that it was approved to use the General Contractor/Construction Manager process, or GC/CM, for the design and construction of the new Ferndale High School.
The District is announcing another milestone as Cornerstone General Contractors has been retained to provide pre-construction services. Cornerstone and the Ferndale School District will also begin negotiation of the Guaranteed Maximum Price (GMP) for building and construction services. Although the District will not sign a construction contract for some time, the selection of Cornerstone during this pre-construction phase means that Cornerstone will have the first opportunity to negotiate with the Ferndale School District to build the Ferndale High School project.
“We are thrilled,” said Ferndale School District Superintendent Dr. Linda Quinn. “Cornerstone was a great fit in the interview process. They have the right background and experience that we need for this project.”
Sam Comer from Cornerstone General Contractors agrees. “To say that we are looking forward to this project is an understatement! We are excited for the Ferndale community. This project will serve the community for many decades and we want all of Ferndale to know that our singular focus is to steward the planning and construction of this new facility so that it achieves all of the Ferndale community’s goals.”
“We have a complex site and limited resources,” said Dr. 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, and we are really thrilled that Cornerstone is now part of the team that will help us move forward.”
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 offer less expensive 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 significant dollars.
Joe Lupo, a construction expert and community volunteer said, “This is great news for our community and for this project. I am thrilled to see Ferndale moving forward!”
The Ferndale School District would like to thank all of the contractors who took the time to participate in the process.
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