Firm hired for high school construction

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The Oxnard Union High School District board of trustees has chosen a construction firm for the new magnet high school and performing arts center to be built in Camarillo on a 77-acre property next to the Camarillo Library on Las Posas Road.

The vote was made during last week’s board meeting in Oxnard.

District staff will negotiate a contract with Whittier-based California Construction Management, the firm handling the high school construction.

“As a whole, this firm best meets the needs of the district,” said Deanna Rantz, district director of purchasing. “Based on their extensive knowledge and expertise, we were very impressed, and we expect a very successful project.”

OUHSD opened the bidding process for the project in mid-November, prompting applications from 26 construction firms. An eight-person panel made up of district staff and the high school project’s architects narrowed the list of applicants to six.

The six firms presented their plans to the interview panel on Jan. 5. The committee made the final recommendation to hire California Construction Management to the board of trustees, which voted on Jan. 11 to accept the company.

California Construction Management has extensive background in building K-12 schools, said Superintendent Gabe Soumakian.

“They were a nice mix and a nice fit, and we’re well underway to open the school in August of 2015,” Soumakian said.

The board of trustees approved the magnet high school in February, a decision that reversed a vote by the former school board late last year to spend $40 million on improvements at Adolfo Camarillo High School instead of building the new campus.

The magnet high school in Camarillo is expected to house 500 to 700 students, and the performing arts center will seat up to 700 people. The combined cost for both projects will be about $51 million.

California Construction Management was also chosen to build the new comprehensive high school in Oxnard. The school is expected to serve 2,250 students, cost $108 million and be completed in 2016.

Also during last week’s district board meeting, the trustees agreed to hire Camarillo-based RBF Consulting to survey the land for the future magnet high school in Camarillo.

The consulting firm will determine the legal boundaries of the site, provide land maps with aerial photography and analyze all available utilities nearby.

The boundary work costs $ 9,600; the aerial maps cost $8,900, and the utility analysis costs $1,400.

RBF may also provide an optional property title report for an additional cost of $1,400.

The contract with RBF Consulting will cost a total of $21,300.

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