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Steamboat Springs School District seeking professional to cost out facilities options

Teresa Ristow

Students listen during a sixth-grade science class at Steamboat Springs Middle School in 2013.

— The Steamboat Springs School District is seeking proposals from architects, owner’s representatives or construction managers interested in reviewing the options for future district facilities upgrades.

The Board of Education on Monday gave district administration the green light to put out a request for proposals for someone who could work with the district between now and November. The person selected would help firm up working estimates calculated by the Community Committee for Education for various construction options the group is vetting within the community.

The group is currently looking at six or seven options for expanding district facilities, with estimated costs ranging from $32 million to $68 million, excluding the district's deferred maintenance costs or a possible mill levy for operational costs of a new school.

"They're very kind of ballpark numbers, and as we get closer to asking the public to consider this, we need to feel very confident about the numbers," said Superintendent Brad Meeks.

Meeks said the district will revise a 2015 RFP and send it out by the end of the week. He added the process of soliciting responses, interviewing those interested and hiring someone could take a month.

"It eases my mind that we're getting things moving in the right direction," said board member Margie Huron.

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The board expects CC4E to turn over its recommendations May 8. CC4E members last week said they were interested in running the campaign for the district once a final option is chosen.

Board members weren't opposed to the district hiring the same owner's representative or architect who worked with the district in 2015, but board chair Joey Andrew said he was interested in seeing all the proposals that come through.

For the failed 2015 ballot measure, the district sent out RFPs 14 months in advance of the election for an owner’s representative and architect, though the scope of work then was much larger and included a comprehensive facilities assessment.

Previous owner’s representative Jeff Chamberlin, of RLH Engineering, and architect Matt Porta, of Hord Coplan Macht, conducted many of the public meetings about facilities in 2015, work now being carried out by CC4E.

If a ballot measure is proposed and approved in November, a new RFP would go out to determine which companies would carry out the project.

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