The Lemoine Company will work with architects designing the new high school planned in Youngsville as part of a $250,000 contract the Lafayette Parish School Board approved Wednesday night.

The contract names The Lemoine Company as the “construction manager at risk” for the project, a designation that means the company will work hand in hand with architects in the design phase of the high school to ensure more timely and accurate pricing on the construction.

At the end of the pre-construction consulting services, the company will submit its guaranteed maximum price to complete the project. If the board accepts the price tag, it can enter into another contract with the company or put the construction out to bid.

The construction-manager-at-risk method is different from the traditional design-bid-build method used for most public projects. The construction-manager-at-risk process enables the School Board to go with another contractor if it doesn’t accept the company’s pricing for the project. It also is designed to expedite construction by having construction expertise on the front end of the design process rather than after the fact, which can lead to delays from design changes and can result in the need to rebid a project that comes in over budget.

The School Board issued a request for qualifications from interested applicants, and The Lemoine Company was the sole submission but also received high marks from an evaluation committee.

Also on Wednesday, the board approved architects for other school projects that could be funded with a bond sale and repaid with sales and property tax revenue. Those projects and approved architects include:

Milton Elementary Middle additions and renovations: MBSB Group

Plantation Elementary additions and renovations: MBSB Group

Lafayette High feasibility study: Abell+Crozier+Davis Architects

Drexel Elementary School replacement: Architects Southwest.

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