Construction manager in place for municipal campus

EDA, City Council sign off on Kraus Anderson

Clint Riese
News Editor

The next piece of the municipal campus puzzle snapped into place at Monday night’s meetings of the Economic Development Authority and the City Council. Both groups approved a recommendation to designate Kraus Anderson as the construction manager for the $21.5 million project.

Twelve firms received the city’s request for proposal, and seven then attended a pre-proposal meeting. Three companies – Kraus Anderson, Amcon Construction and Stahl Construction – interviewed Feb. 15 with a selection committee. Members of that board included City Administrator Aaron Parrish, Police Chief Rick Peterson, Fire Chief Gary Sigfrinius, City Councilman Mike Freer, City Councilman Ben Winnick, EDA member Ray Daninger and EDA member Bob Morehead.

The group came to a strong consensus in favor of Kraus Anderson, a Circle Pines-based company whose bid of approximately $600,000 was in the mid-to-high end of the seven packages the city received.

Parrish noted the company’s proposal, interview, experience and reputation as key factors.

“I think all of them were very good companies, but they stood out,” Morehead said during Monday’s EDA meeting. “They knew what they were talking about.”

The EDA and council recently hired Leo A. Daly as the project’s architectural firm. Leo A. Daly’s Cindy McCleary was on hand Monday and praised the construction manager selection.

“They’ll serve you guys well,” she said. “…They have a long track record in municipal work, as do we, as do we together.”

Parrish said it was important to get a construction manager on board to help with preconstruction services such as cost estimating and constructability reviews. Eventually, Kraus Anderson will bid out parts of the construction work and serve as the city’s presence at the work site.

Parrish also spoke to the need to continue forward even as a lawsuit concerning the municipal campus makes its way through the courts.

“We have to ultimately do this work if we hope to not incur additional construction cost escalation by delaying that bidding into next year,” he said. “That’s not an insignificant number when you look at where people think things are going with commodities and labor.”

Parrish noted that the city has tried to structure its agreements in such a way as to have “mechanisms to manage our exposure” if a judge halted the project.

The construction management contract includes a clause that limits the amount the EDA would owe in the event of termination based on the stage of completion. Prior to the construction phase, Kraus Anderson would be reimbursed $10,000 if the design development stage had been completed or $13,500 if the construction documents phase had been completed.

Leo A. Daly will host a series of public input meetings regarding the design of the city hall and public safety facility. The first meeting is from 7-8:15 p.m. next Monday, March 4 at city hall. Meetings will follow in April and May.