Wausau School Board selects Milwaukee Firm for Architectural Work

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The Wausau School Board has chosen an architectural firm to help shepherd its efforts to upgrade and renovate district elementary schools.

The School Board chose Bray Architects of Milwaukee on Monday to help the Wausau School District to narrow down four school-facility options now under consideration. Those options are designed to help the district contend with aging building issues, overcrowding in some schools and empty spaces in others.

Bray Architects, which came out on top of eight other architectural firms in a bidding process, will help the board determine specific costs of the four options, and pros and cons of each, said Bob Tess, the district’s chief finance and business services officer. That information will help the district gauge public interest in the various proposals and garner important community feedback.

“They were just far above the others,” said Yvonne Henning, School Board member, who served on a selection committee that sifted through proposals. “They were knowledgeable of engineering, working with the community and working with a survey firm.”

The district is on a time line to craft a referendum in spring 2015 that would ask residents to approve a property tax increase for a to-be-determined project, Tess said.

Three of the four building options would require voter approval for the district to borrow money for construction and renovation projects. Three of the four options also include closing the aging A.C. Kiefer Educational Center, which houses the district’s 4-year-old kindergarten and other early-childhood programs, and distributing Wausau’s youngest students into a variety of 4-K centers that would be housed in elementary school buildings. That would require expanding those schools, so three of the options include adding on to various numbers of current elementary schools.

Two of the options include closing elementary schools and building two completely new schools.

Bray’s pre-referendum work will cost $19,500. If a building project is approved by voters, Bray will be paid a percentage of total project costs. The smallest proposed project would have an architectural cost of 4.9 percent of cconstruction costs; the largest project would garner 4.25 percent in architectural fees.

The information Bray will gather in the coming months will be used “as part of the community engagement process,” Tess said. In that effort, Bray will work with a community survey firm from Slinger called School Perceptions. The School Board decided in May to hire School Perceptions at a cost of $11,100 to create a survey that will help determine which project the School Board may pursue in a referendum.

School Perceptions has a great track record in positive school referendums because it helps local boards bring to a vote a project “that has community support in the first place,” Tess said.

Some of the reasons Bray was selected for architecture consulting include its experience in designing new buildings and renovating existing ones; track record of controlling project costs and its ability to provide good services, based on reference checks through other districts that used the firm, Tess said.

Source: http://www.wausaudailyherald.com/article/20140609/WDH01/306090351/Wausau-School-Board-selects-Milwaukee-firm-architectural-work

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