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|Quad Cities Firm Recommended for Master Facilities Work
|In what one committee member likened to the battle of David versus Goliath, the firm that apparently took on the role of David has been picked as the one the committee will recommend as Construction Manager for the first $30-million worth of work in the Galesburg School District Master Facilities Plan.
The committee last (Thursday) night picked Quad Cities-based Russell Construction to be Construction Manager, beating out Rhode Island-based Gilbane Building Company for the job of coordinating and overseeing the work.
While the plan's Implementation Committee agreed both firms were more than capable of being Construction Manager, committee member Jean Kilpatrick-Ruebner was concerned about how Gilbane might handle the project, and how they handled their time before the committee last night.
"They seemed more, bully might be too strong, but they just were adamant about stuff and I didn't like that they didn't stick to the topics, they didn't address one question and they went over on their time."
Ruebner referred in the beginning to statements Gilbane made in terms of essentially forcing projects to be on time and on budget no matter what the circumstances, and a sort-of "zero tolerance" policy for workers in terms of interacting with the public.
The Galesburg School Board is expected to take up the Construction Manager, and the architecture firm already recommended for the work, during a special meeting March 29th, where they'll also deal with interest rates for the bonds sold to bankroll phase one of the plan.
|03 18 11 by Newsroom
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