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GI School District begins next steps in capital project

by jmaloni
Fri, Jan 13th 2012 05:45 pm

The Grand Island Board of Education held a meeting with Cannon Design and Campus Construction Management on Saturday to begin the next phase of work on its recently passed $51 million capital project.

Board President David Goris said on Dec. 20 the "community showed tremendous support" for the capital project, and now the next phase on what he said is roughly a 30-month construction project to upgrade district buildings is to plan future meetings between the board and its construction management teams. The board will request reports from Cannon Design and Campus Construction Management on the project's status "to make sure that what we said we're going to deliver as a capital project is what in fact what we deliver to the community," Goris said.

Kim Williams, an educational planner with Cannon Design said the architectural firm is exiting from the preliminary design, during which the scope of work to be done is identified, and is entering the schematic design phase for layouts of the project. In this phase, Williams said, Cannon will ask the district for help in "establishing user groups at the building level" as an aid to ask building personnel, "What is it you need this space to do for you and why?"

Also, Williams said another key for the board in shepherding the process from start to finish is "having a district representative to be the thread of continuity as we go through and have all these meetings with the different groups."

Williams asked the board to choose a representative for the project.

"This is a real project now and we have a lot to do going forward, and we need one person from your district that can serve as the eyes and ears of the day-to-day issues of this project," Williams said. "Typically this person is able to attend most if not all meetings, either user group meetings in the beginning down to construction meetings at the end. They're authorized to make decisions on a minor level up to a certain threshold."

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