With work starting in early 2015, Kirby Nagelhout Construction Company (KNCC) will be expanding their regional footprint with a 31 million dollar construction manager/general contractor (CM/GC) contract to build two new elementary schools and improve facilities across the Pendleton School District. BBT Architects has been selected to design the new buildings.
“We will be working in the design assist process until February of next year,” explained Mike Taylor, vice president of KNCC. Construction on the two new schools is slated to start shortly after, followed by district improvements; all are scheduled for completion in 2016.
The scope of projects includes two new 60,000 square foot prototypical elementary schools to replace existing functionally inadequate buildings constructed in 1935 and 1954.
“Our company has significant experience building K-12 higher education projects…it is exciting to get this $31 million contract…This is a very significant project for KNCC as it helps really establish us as a regional, statewide, general contractor.
“The CM/GC delivery method is a teamwork kind of approach,” Taylor said. The project delivery is an integrated approach to planning, design and construction. Owners, designer(s) and contractors work collaboratively to develop the project scope, optimizing the design, improve quality and manage cost.
“Our goal has been to use that CM/GC model to travel further around the state to do work we are experienced with, like schools,” he explained.