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Firm outlines design phase process to Carlynton board members

| Wednesday, Nov. 7, 2012, 9:17 p.m.

Before the Carlynton School District begins the process of remodeling much of its facilities, the school board was presented with a general framework for how the design phase will proceed.

Jon Thomas, president and co-founder of construction management firm Thomas and Williamson, outlined the inclusive process slated for the next few months at the Nov. 1 board meeting.

“In my 10-plus years on the board, this is one of the best presentations I've ever seen,” board President David Roussos said. “It's was informative, direct. It gave us what we needed.”

Thomas handed the directors an early draft of the project's scope of work — a fluid and encompassing list of potential renovations that includes district personnel recommendations and suggestions from previous feasibility studies. Directors also received a copy of a work plan with a design phase schedule attached.

The documents, which the board should approve at its Nov. 15 meeting, will be available to the public on the district website.

Following approval, a series of meetings will be held over a month to prioritize the scope of work and review conceptual plans before handing recommendations to the board. District administrators, board members and other building personnel are encouraged to attend and offer suggestions.

“We're going to vet this thing before we start spinning our wheels,” Thomas said. “We're going to look not only at what you're doing, but when and how you're doing it.”

Thomas and Williamson's schedule aims to have pre-design completed by the beginning of February.

“We're talking about creating a better learning experience for our kids,” Superintendent Gary Peiffer said. “It's exciting to be at this stage.”

Makeup day

Peiffer announced March 27 as a makeup day, after the district canceled classes Oct. 30 because of concerns over last week's storm that disrupted power and flooded communities along the East Coast.

Dan Stefano is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. He can be reached at or 412-388-5816.

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