Wilson academy architect selected, $20 million project to be built with construction-manager-at-risk model

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The Wilson County Board of Education has chosen the “construction manager at-risk (CMAR)” method for bidding and construction of the new $20 million Wilson Academy of Applied Technology building at Wilson Community College.

At its April 20 meeting, the board also chose Skinner Farlow Kirwan (SFK) Architecture to design the structure, The Wilson Weekly reports.

The board will use a request for qualifications to select the construction manager, who would guarantee that the building will be built to the architect’s specifications for a guaranteed maximum price.

Board attorney Brandon McPherson told the board that the CMAR method is “favored by many in county governments.”

The board debated the type of bidding and construction methods in closed session. When members emerged, there was no debate, and they voted unanimously to approve the construction manager method.

The estimated 80,000 sq. ft. building at the community college’s Lee Technology Center will be funded with $15 million from the state Needs-Based Public School Capital Fund and $5 million from Wilson County.

SFK, started in 1957, has Wilson roots and is currently headquartered in Raleigh. It was one of five firms that presented their qualifications to design the building at an April 6 special meeting, the newspaper reported.


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