How was the architect and contractor selected for the upcoming bond projects?
Idaho law outlines how public agencies, like school districts, can do construction projects. This includes how they can procure both design professionals, like architects as well as contractors. The Jefferson School District Board of Trustees elected to utilize the Construction Manager/General Contractor (CM/GC) method for selecting a contractor. For both the Architect selection as well as the CM/GC selection process, Idaho Statute 67-2320 requires that these professionals be selected on the basis of qualifications and demonstrated competence.
The Board followed Idaho Statute 67-2320 requirements and publicly advertised for the project and then issued Requests for Qualifications (attached below) for both an Architect and CM/GC. Three qualified architects submitted proposals, the highest ranked firms were then interviewed and local architect, NBW Architects was ultimately selected as the design team. A similar process was also carried out for the CM/GC selection with multiple proposals, subsequent interviews and local contractor, Headwaters Construction Company being selected as the CM/GC.
Idaho Statute 67-2320.
"PROFESSIONAL SERVICE CONTRACTS WITH DESIGN PROFESSIONALS, CONSTRUCTION MANAGERS, AND PROFESSIONAL LAND SURVEYORS. (1) Notwithstanding any other provision of law to the contrary, it shall be the policy of this state that all public agencies and political subdivisions of the state of Idaho and their agents shall make selections for professional engineering, architectural, landscape architecture, construction management, and professional land surveying services, including services by persons licensed pursuant to chapters 3, 12, 30, and 45, title 54, Idaho Code, on the basis of qualifications and demonstrated competence and shall negotiate contracts or agreements for such services."
You can reference the entire Idaho Statute 67-2320 HERE.