In January 2020, the Ladue School District selected the following companies to assist the district in refining the designs and costs for projects to potentially be included in a bond referendum aimed at making improvement to the district’s four K-4 elementary schools and Ladue Middle School.
(At this time, it is not anticipated that architectural or construction managements services will be required for the improvements anticipated to be made at Conway Elementary School and Reed Elementary School.
This team of architectural firms was selected from the twelve proposals the district received in response to its Request for Qualifications for this project. Missouri statutes for school districts require that architectural firms be selected based on qualifications only (as opposed to cost). If a compensation agreement cannot be reached, the district can then attempt to negotiate with other firms submitting proposals. However, a financial agreement has been successfully made with these firms.
Both firms specialize in architectural design for educational settings. Ittner is a local architectural firm with significant experience in educational facilities. The local knowledge and expertise of this firm is further enhanced by Perkins and Will, a nationally recognized architectural firm that specializes in educational architecture at all levels.
Construction Management at Risk
The district will use a “Construction Management at Risk” arrangement for this project. This arrangement entails the construction management firm, as opposed to the district, being responsible (at risk) for managing subcontractors. As this project could potentially entail overlapping projects on three district campuses, the Board and administration prefer this arrangement. S. M. Wilson was the low bidder for the project and was also the construction manager for the Ladue Horton Watkins High School (LHWHS) renovation.