The Brainerd School Board will interview four construction management firms Friday. The school board decision disappointed one Brainerd firm, which submitted the lowest bid of the eight proposals.
The firm that is hired will oversee the $59.9 million building project.
Each firm supplied a bid for managing the construction of the new middle school and another bid for the remodeling projects.
The school district is not obligated to select the lowest bidder, said Steve Dickinson, Brainerd School District business manager.
The companies selected by the board's building committee to be interviewed are Barton Malow, Wayzata, with a bid of $1.5 million for the new school and $550,000 for the remodeling; E & V Consultants, Minneapolis, bid $1 million for the new school and $316,500 for the remodeling or $1.2 million for the whole project; Kraus Anderson, Minneapolis, bid $1.3 million for the new school and $305,000 for the remodeling; and Nor-son, Brainerd, with A & P, of Minneapolis, submitted a joint bid of $1.6 million for the new school and $442,000 for the remodeling.
The building committee decided the school district would hire one firm to oversee the whole project because it felt one firm would provide better service and provide better consistency.
Dickinson said CAM had the best price for the new middle school and the second best price for the remodeling. However, the committee thought CAM was not big enough to handle a project the size of the new school.
CAM's proposal was an estimated $920,300 for the middle school and $316,400 for the remodeling or $1.3 million for both.
CAM is currently overseeing two school projects, a $6 million project in McGregor and a $15 million project in Walker.
Gary Otterstad, principal owner of CAM and in charge of the Brainerd office, said they do about six to seven projects a year. He
said construction costs of the projects typically range from $2 to $15 million.
"I was disappointed that we were not given the opportunity to at least prove our wares -- to prove that we are capable of handling the project," said Otterstad. "It's a very competitive business."
Otterstad said 90 percent of CAM's work involves public projects. CAM is working with the Brainerd School District on the Early Childhood Family Education project in the former SuperOne building. In addition, CAM is working with the city of Brainerd on the city's building space needs.
"I hate to lose anything in town," said Otterstad. "We try to stay within a 100-mile radius (from Brainerd)."
CAM started in 1979 and has offices in Brainerd and Fridley. The Brainerd office employs 21 people.
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