The Andover school board voted Monday to select Hutton Construction as construction manager for its $188 million bond issue, district officials said.
In May, voters in the Andover school district approved two bond issues totaling $188 million that will finance a new Andover High School and Meadowlark Elementary, storm shelters, secure entrances, a district swimming pool, tennis complex, career studies center and more.
Nicole Gibbs, spokeswoman for the Andover district, said the board voted 6-0 to select Hutton as its construction manager at-risk. Board member Josh Wells was absent.
The approach – approved by state lawmakers in 2008 – allows districts to hire a construction manager by negotiation, before project designs are complete and without competitive bidding at the prime level.
The Andover board also selected Icon Structures as the owner’s representative for the bond, Gibbs said. The company will “support the district in facilitating the overall construction process and day-to-day interactions” with Hutton, Schaefer Johnson Cox Frey Architecture, engineers, subcontractors and others, she said.
Hutton Construction, based in Wichita, has worked with 13 school districts in Kansas as their construction manager at-risk, with projects totaling more than $500 million.
“Their skills in this delivery method is an excellent fit for Andover Schools and the future of our community,” said Brett White, Andover superintendent, in an e-mailed statement Tuesday.
Construction will take place across the Andover district over the next three years. For more information about the bond issue and for future updates, visit http://www.usd385.org/bond.