The Halifax County School Board has selected Howard Shockey & Sons Inc., a Richmond-based general contractor, to serve as Construction Manager At Risk for its new 250,000-square-foot high school project.
The facility, designed by Grimm & Parker Architects, will feature a multi-story, V-wing classroom building, auditorium and performance spaces, 2,500-seat gymnasium and auxiliary gym, large CTE workspaces, and a cafeteria at the building’s core that will double as the lobby for the auditorium and main gym.
Superintendent of Schools Amy Huskin said a deciding factor in the choice of Howard Shockey & Sons was the company’s successful track record of building K-12 schools and “their level of professionalism and organization. They come highly recommended,” Huskin said.
A committee drawn from the School Board, Board of Supervisors, school board central office, Grimm & Parker Architects, and SKANSKA, the school division’s construction management firm, unanimously recommended Shockey for the CMAR contract.
As Construction Manager At Risk, the Richmond company will handle pre-construction tasks with the project — purchasing materials, hiring subcontractors, and overseeing the work. Shockey also will be asked to develop a guaranteed maximum price for the facility — the “at risk” aspect of the Construction Management At Risk building delivery method. With CMAR, cost overruns are the responsibility of the builder, not the School Board.
The advisory committee described Shockey as “K-12 Experts” in a letter urging the company’s selection. “Shockey has successfully completed over $1 billion in K-12 projects,” read the committee’s letter to School Board Chair Kathy Fraley.
Note: the image above is an early concept massing study; a final architectural design will be approved soon.
Source: News & Record / Tom McLaughlin. Read the full story here.