School signs contracts for architect, engineering
Monett board picks firms with previous Monett experience
The Monett Board of Education authorized a contract with the architectural firm Sapp Design Associates and is in negotiations with Anderson Engineering for future building work.
In looking at future building projects, especially plans for adding a storm safe room at Central Park Elementary School, school officials continued discussions with its partners on recent projects. Sapp Design Associates has been the school district's architect for the past 10 years, including during the last two FEMA storm shelter projects at the middle and high schools.
"Sapp said they would prefer to do a new contract for future projects," said Superintendent Brad Hanson. "The last contract in particular had a lot of FEMA language in it that would make other projects more complicated. To give them a new contract, we had to go out to bid. Taking the FEMA language out would affect the pricing and would likely be in our best interests."
After advertising for requests for qualifications, Sapp Design Associates was the only bidder.
"They've been a good partner with us," Hanson said. "They're doing work for us on the preliminary design for Central Park and the parking lots going on this summer on an hourly basis. Now, we can firm this up so we can budget the exact price of what we'll be paying them over the next five years."
Board members also looked a requests for qualifications to hire a civil engineer for the Central Park Elementary School storm shelter projects. Anderson Engineering, Toth and Associates and Olsson and Associates submitted credentials for consideration. All have offices in Springfield.
Board members picked Anderson Engineering, which also has an office in Monett. School officials have consulted with Kevin Sprenkle, whose office is now affiliated with Anderson, in the past.