Press Release: September 15, 2006

Save Thursday, October 12, 2006, 7-9 pm, at the Piedmont Community Hall for the 1st Public Engagement Meeting – The school district will host the first in a series of public engagement meetings on the PUSD Bond Project.  The purpose of the meeting is informational:

  • Learn of progress made to-date;
  • Find out about the next phase of program planning;
  • Meet the newly hired program management firm; and
  • Have an opportunity to ask questions of school officials.


PUSD Hires CPM, Inc.for Program Management Services – The Board of Education approved a contract with the firm at its regular meeting on September 13, 2006. The contract stipulates that the District will pay only for services used.  CPM, Inc.will:

  • Review and validate existing reports, cost estimates, and drawings;
  • Advise the District on program planning, prioritization of work, and financial issues;
  • Develop multiple scope and probable cost options, and identify a recommended option;
  • Recommend interim housing by project;
  • Review and advise the District on State School Facilities Funding;
  • Work with the District on communications and public engagement;
  • Provide progress reports and management information;
  • Advise the District on contracts for design and engineering, peer review, and construction;
  • Monitor, track, and reconcile expenditures relative to budget by project and for the overall program.


PUSD is in the Process of Identifying Qualified Design and Engineering Firms – Different from a Request for Proposal (RFP) process, the Request for Qualifications (RFQ) process is one that identifies a group of qualified firms who will be invited to submit proposals to do the next phase of work in the program planning process.

  • 34 firms attended the mandatory walk through on August 24, 2006.The list of firms is posted on the District’s website.
  • The Board has delegated to the Steering Committee (consisting of the Superintendent, new CPM Program Manager, Board President Ward Lindenmayer, Board Member Roy Tolles, and Technical Advisory Committee Chair with assistance from members of the TAC as needed) the responsibility for managing the process of identifying the best qualified set of design and engineering firms to respond to future RFP’s. 
  • The criteria for selecting finalists may include: Firm and personnel experience and track record on similar programs, reference checks, technical capabilities and track record of their use, and overall responsiveness of the proposal.
  • An update on the process will be provided on September 27, 2006 at a regular board meeting.


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This update was posted on Friday, September 15th, 2006 at 8:52 pm.