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School construction back on track with new contractor

Posted on Wednesday, December 11, 2013 at 12:29 pm

Richmond County’s multi-million dollar school construction project is still rolling with a new contractor leading the way.

On Monday, Nov. 25, the Richmond County School Board approved Rodriguez Ripley Maddux Motley (RRMM) Architects as the school division’s new architectural firm for the project.

“Due to the work of the school board as well as Sands Anderson, our attorney, we were able to seamlessly enter into a new contract,” said Superintendent Dr. Greg Smith.

RRMM took the place of the schools’ previous contractor Rancorn Wildman Architects, which declared Chapter 7 in bankruptcy court and were forced to shutter their doors on Sept. 30.

Smith said that school officials sought to try and follow someone who had previously worked on the project, and Rancorn Wildman’s former principal architect, Jack Clark had just recently found employment with RRMM’s new office based in the Richmond area.

“He’s in close proximity, it’s a great firm and we decided to go with them,” Smith said, adding that 5 percent of the construction project had been completed when Rancorn Wildman had gone bankrupt, but that Rancorn had finished most of the design work, including all of the preliminary designs, which Richmond County schools continues to utilize.

“Hopefully it should be a very seamless transition,” Smith said of the change to RRMM. “It’s been laborious going through the bankruptcy proceedings and to engage in new contracts with the engineering firms as well as the architect.”

Smith said both he and the school board were very pleased with the eventual outcome as a result of their decision in selecting RRMM.

School Board Chairman John Brown concurred.

“We have reviewed it, reanalyzed it, studied it for quite some time, looked at everything involved and we believed it was a good, sound decision, and it will allow us to move forward without any major problems,” Brown said.

Vice Chair Brenda Pemberton, while not present at the meeting, said she was pleased with the school…


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