“All we’re doing is extending these contracts into SPLOST IV. It’s not a change otherwise,” Patrick O’Connor, the school system’s chief of operations, said during the meeting held at Dunwoody Springs Elementary School in Sandy Springs.
O’Connor was speaking about $4 million in pre-construction geotechnical and environmental services to be divided among 10 vendors, but school system CFO Robert Morales said “a successful transition” also applied to architectural and engineering work.
“This contract was initially executed for the purpose of completing work identified in the infrastructure and local school needs portion of SPLOST III,” Morales said about a $6 million agreement in which 15 vendors may earn up to $400,000 each.
District 6 board member Catherine Maddox, who represents part of East Point, College Park and Union City, asked how vendors learn about opportunities.
“Individual vendors in that type of industry can go on our website, register with the office and receive notifications when they become available,” O’Connor said. “The other thing is we do annually is a vendor fair where we bring in people who say, this is how you do business with these areas or other areas. So we’re ensuring we have the best firms and there is competition in what we’re soliciting for.”
The approved architectural and engineering contractors are Brown Design Group, Briel Rhame Poynter Houser Architect Engineers, Carlsten Stanford, Chegwidden Dorsey Holmes Partners, Chapman Griffin Lanier Sussenbach Architects, Collins Cooper Carusi Architects, Cooper Carry, Foreman Seely Fountain, Gardner Spencer Smith Tench & Jarbeau, Good Van Slyke Architecture, J.W. Robinson & Associates, Manley Spangler Smith Architects, Moreland Altobelli Associates, Stevens & Wilkinson and Sy Richards Architect.
The approved geotechnical and environmental contractors are Assess Test and Consult Associates, Contour Engineering, ECS Southeast, Geo-Hydro Engineers, Matrix Engineering Group, Moreland Altobelli Associates, Nova Engineering and Environmental, Professional Services Industries, United Consulting Group and Wilmer Engineering.
The board also approved an $83,520 extension for a senior-level information technology manager outsourced from Melbourne, Fla.-based Revolution Technologies and $800,000 for system-wide security surveillance cameras with Dayton, Ohio-based Contech Design and Marietta-based J&A Engineering, named for founders Jorge and Allyson Gomez.