School Board Swaps ACS for Honeywell on Aspen Construction Project

Dave Wharram of Gerald Martin at Thursday’s Special School Board Meeting. Photo by Bonnie J Gordon/ladailypost.com

STAFF Report

Dave Wharram of Gerald Martin, who serves as the owner representative for LAPS construction projects at Los Alamos Middle School and Aspen Elementary reported on those projects Thursday at a Special School Board Meeting dealing with construction issues.

In a 4-1 vote (Matt Williams voted nay), the Board approved hiring Honeywell as the Controls Contractor on the Aspen Project, rather than retaining ACS, the contractor hired by Jaynes Construction for the project. The move will cost an additional $62,000.

The District’s Facilities and IT Departments have been dissatisfied with ACS’s work at Los Alamos High School, which has caused added costs, mainly due to staff man hours spent working to resolve problems, time delays and software issues. On the other hand, the District has been pleased with Honeywell’s work at Los Alamos Middle School, according to a number of staff members.

Calling ACS’s work “shoddy” Board Member Kevin Honnell put forward the motion that the Board approve an additional $62,000 to retain Honeywell. Williams cited cost considerations as the reason for his nay vote.

In other business, Dave Wharram of Gerald Martin, who serves as the owner representative for LAPS construction projects at Los Alamos Middle School and Aspen Elementary reported that roofing issues in the older portion of Los Alamos Middle School have been discovered that must be corrected.

Other aspects of that project are proceeding well and McCurdy Construction expects to be completely finished at LAMS by Dec. 10, Wharram said. Although the completion date agreed to by the District and McCarthy is currently Nov. 30, there will be no additional costs involved with the further 10 day extention and no Board action was taken.

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