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Will local companies work on the Goshen Schools building project?

The technical review committee met on Tuesday afternoon, Nov. 19.
Posted on Nov. 19, 2013 at 12:00 a.m.

GOSHEN — A Goshen committee will “shop local” to find the best team to remodel the middle school and high school buildings.

Including local companies was one of the issues discussed in the technical review committee’s first meeting on Tuesday, Nov. 19. The committee’s job is to guide the design-build process that the school corporation is using for the recently approved $17 million building project.

Design-build means that companies interested in doing the work must form their own teams and submit a plan for the project. Then, the committee will choose the best team.

This is different from the traditional bid process, where companies submit bids for the work and the committee must choose the lowest bid.

Committee member and school board president Jane Troup suggested that the evaluation criteria for interested design-build teams include credit for teams that have at least one local member.

“I think it would set really well with our community if there is credit being given for — however we would define it — local,” Troup said.

After some discussion of how to define “local,” the committee agreed to leave the word undefined and allow companies to decide for themselves whether they are local.

The process

Interested companies will soon be able to form design-build teams and submit a proposal explaining why their team should “win” the project.

Daniel Rawlins, of InterDesign, suggested in the committee meeting that the school corporation consider offering a stipend to companies that spend time and money forming a design-build team and making a proposal but are not ultimately selected for the project.

“You are asking them to do a lot of work,” he said, explaining that paying the stipend would be similar to paying a doctor for a second opinion.

Diane Woodworth, Goshen Schools superintendent and a committee member, said that the corporation would consider offering a stipend to the two teams who make it into the final three selection.

Rawlins, who has worked on projects similar to this one in other school corporations, said that up to 15 companies may submit a proposal for this project. It will be the committee’s job to figure out which team would do the best job.

The committee will publish a “request for qualifications” by Nov. 25, and responses from interested companies are expected by Dec. 19.

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