Why did the Town choose the Construction Manager at Risk process rather than the Design/Bid/Build process?

While each process has its advantages and disadvantages and each is authorized by State law, the benefits of the Construction Manager at Risk method include:

  • Retaining the construction manager at an earlier stage of the project so that it can have input on the design details of the construction that it will oversee. This includes constructability reviews of the design and construction scheduling.
  • Providing project cost estimates during design development. Gilbane did so at the detailed design phase, the 60% construction document phase, and the 90% construction document phase.
  • Allowing an earlier start to site work.
  • Establishing a Guaranteed Maximum Price (GMP), which typically happens after all bids have been received and evaluated and which is expected to be set this December if the additional appropriation request is approved at STM (and potentially at the ballot box). Once the GMP is established, the contract manager assumes responsibility for construction cost overruns, including for worked performed by all project subcontractors, thus greatly limiting future risk to the Town.

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1. Did the original budget approved at Town Meeting in June of 2021 anticipate cost increases between that time and when all bids would be received?
2. Why did the Town choose the Construction Manager at Risk process rather than the Design/Bid/Build process?
3. Why did the Building Committee choose to proceed with four early bids (site enabling, structural steel, concrete, and site work) rather than bidding the whole project at the same time?
4. Why are increases to contingencies recommended?
5. Is the deficit the result of mismanagement by the Town or its contractors?
6. Can the deficit be funded within the existing operating budget rather than adding to the budget and thus increasing property taxes?
7. Will construction continue between now and Special Town Meeting?
8. Would a delay in construction lead to lower costs for the Town?
9. What would the educational impacts be of a delay in construction?
10. If the Town Meeting vote is not successful, what are the options for how to proceed?
11. How likely is it that an additional funding request beyond the current request will be required?
12. Will the Town need to borrow all the money that Special Town Meeting approves and, if not, how will that impact the increase in property taxes?
13. What happens if all the money borrowed isn’t needed to complete the project?
14. Can the second elevator in the West El wing or other items removed during earlier Value Engineering be restored?
15. Can funds for the installation of solar panels at the new school be sought as part of the STM funding request?