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Horry County Schools selects four firms to bid for new school projects

An Horry County Schools committee selected four firms out of nine to move onto the next step of the design-build delivery of five new schools.
An Horry County Schools committee selected four firms out of nine to move onto the next step of the design-build delivery of five new schools. jblackmon@thesunnews.com

An Horry County Schools committee selected four firms out of nine to move to the next step of the design-build delivery of five new schools.

The Request for Qualifications Committee, which selected the firms during a special meeting Tuesday, unanimously approved the selections. The firms will move onto the Request for Proposals, where each firm will submit proposals for at least two specific projects requested by the district.

The committee short-listed all firms who received an average score of 85 or higher on their evaluations, according to documents released by the district Wednesday.

The following four firms were ranked with the highest scores and move to the proposals phase:

  • M.B. Kahn Construction, Co., Inc. – Myrtle Beach, S.C.
  • Thompson Turner Construction – Sumter, S.C.
  • First Floor Energy Positive – Raleigh, N.C.
  • The Whiting-Turner Contracting Company – Columbia, S.C.

Firms may submit up to five proposals (one for each project). The deadline for all firms to state which projects they will submit proposals for is June 10.

If each project has at least two proposers, the district will notify the firms committed to each project. If there are less than two proposers for a project, the district will give the firms another opportunity to submit proposals for that specific project.

If there are still less than two proposers for a project, the committee will reconvene, the documents said.

“The above listed teams’ evaluation scores and rankings reflect the District’s emphasis on the ability to deliver high performance, energy positive schools,” said Ara Heinz, procurement specialist, in a statement.

Nine parties responded to Horry County Schools’ newest request for qualifications in April, and the district established a committee to short-list architectural and construction firms bidding to build five new schools. The committee includes five district staff members and five board members.

The district has budgeted $161.7 million to build five new schools. The total cost of the project – including renovations or additions to two schools – is $451.6 million. The board decided to use a design-build project delivery system for its five new schools, which means a single firm performs both design and construction of each project.

The school board cited a need to request and review energy-positive designs for new schools, but kept its earlier plans for remodels and additions to two other schools.

Unlike last year’s request, the current RFQ was written by district staff and board members in conjunction with Childs and Halligan, a law firm out of Columbia that’s partnered with the district before for other legal reasons.

Contact CLAIRE BYUN at 626-0381 and follow her on Twitter @Claire_TSN.

$451.6 million building project

▪ Carolina Forest Middle School

▪ Myrtle Beach Middle School

▪ Socastee Middle School

▪ St. James Intermediate/Middle School

▪ Socastee Elementary School

▪ North Myrtle Beach Middle School — additions/renovations

▪ Midland Elementary School — additions/renovations

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