LIMA — More information has been revealed on the decision by the Rhodes State College board of trustees decided to switch architects for the Center for Health Science Education and Innovation on Lima’s Town Square.
The switch from BHDP Architecture to Munger Munger and Associates was done to save taxpayers money, college board chair Dr. Wilfred Ellis indicated after the Oct. 17 meeting.
“The board of trustees for the college, as well as myself as chair, have a fiduciary responsibility to the college and to the community to make sure that we have the most efficient and most effective contract for our building. I think that’s what went into the decision.”
BHDP Architecture stated in a letter to the Ohio Facilities Construction Commission that they backed out of the contract due to stipulations made by Rhodes State College.
“We understand Rhodes State College has stipulated the following compensation model for the project with no potential for negotiation;
• Basic Services Fee based on 6.25 percent of the Construction Cost
• Reimbursable Expenses for Permits and Printing only
• Additional Services for Programming and Geotechnical Services only after review of the above, the project scope, published Request for Qualifications and the misalignment with the intent of the State of Ohio Professional Services Agreement, BHDP Architecture must decline entering this contractual relationship with Rhodes State College,” stated Paul D. Orban, AIA, NCARB Vice President & Market Leader BHDP Architecture.
The Ohio Facilities Construction Commission indicated the decision to change architects was based on caps on fees.
“There will be some savings, but the situation in this project doesn’t actually revolve around a difference in fees. In fact, both BHDP and Munger & Munger submitted technical proposals that basically reflected the same fee structure. The issue that caused the change and any potential savings come from a cap on fees instituted at the direction of the college, the cap being $1,129,850 (broken down into three parts — Basic Services: 6.25 percent (equivalent to $978,750), Additional Services: $76,100, and Reimbursable Expenses: $75,000). BHDP did not wish to work for the cap. Munger & Munger was willing to do so,” stated Rick Savors, media relations manager for the commission.
We also asked the commission if the fees being sought by BHDP Architecture were out of line with other projects they’ve reviewed.
“Architects fees vary due to the scope of work, type of work (renovation or new construction), and the technical difficulty of the project among other factors. OFCC has customarily seen architect fees in the range as initially proposed by both firms for projects of similar size and complexity,” said Savors.
Because of the change in architects, the project has been delayed.
“The negotiations on this issue have moved back the proposed completion date by about 90 days (December 2020 instead of early fall 2020). There will be no effect on state funding,” said Savors.
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