May 27, 2016
Executive Director for Facilities & New Construction St. Johns County School District
40 Orange Street
St. Augustine, Florida 32084
Re: New K-8 School "LL"
St. Johns County School District Architects Project No. 16018.00
Dear Mr. Rose:
The sole bid came in considerably over budget, and given the current bidding climate which resulted in lack of competition, we can't as good stewards of the St. Johns County tax payer dollars recommend the award of the project to the sole bidder.
We recommend the St. Johns County School District reject the current bid for the K-8 "LL". In our opinion we will need to change multiple variables within the project in order to encourage more Contractor participation and ultimately affect the cost.
We would recommend revisiting the bidding duration along with construction duration in an attempt to generate more competition. Additionally, Value Engineering will be explored as well as significant scope reduction to get the project back on track and within the School District's budget.
If there are any questions or you require further information, please do not hesitate to contact our office.
Senior Project Engineer
West Palm Beach, Florida
Rejection of Bid #2016-17 New K-8 School LL
The letter was in the School Board packet for the June 15, 2016 meeting but not provided in response to my Open Records requests. Hence, I wrote the School Board:
From: Ed Slavin
Sent: Thu, Jun 16, 2016 1:35 pm
Subject: FAILURE TO PROVIDE May 27 Architect DOCUMENT IN RESPONSE TO OPEN RECORDS REQUESTS
4. Or has there been yet another "damn coverup" (in the immortal words of United States Tennessee Valley Authority Chairman S. David Freeman, P.E., Esq. after we won declassification of the world's largest mercury pollution event in Oak Ridge, Tennessee in 1983)?
5. Please direct our School Board staff to respond thoroughly to my requests, with no more cursory searches, please, without further evasions of F.S. 119.
6. I look forward to meeting with you -- and perhaps with Mr. Tom Reynolds, et al. in person.