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School district hires construction manager for first of two academic building projects

Published: April 2, 2017 12:00 AM

The Tallmadge City School District has hired the Ruhlin Company out of Sharon Center to serve as the construction manager to complete the academic portion of the district's building initiatives.

In November, the community passed two bond issues. The first was to consolidate the primary, elementary and middle schools into two buildings on the current middle school campus, a K-5 building and a 6-8 building. The second was to relocate all athletic facilities to the high school campus.

The Ruhlin Company will be working on K-8 portion of the project, along with Sol Harris Day Architecture, who was hired in February. Ruhlin will be the Construction Manager at Risk for the project, meaning all contractors will be hired directly by the company.

"The Ruhlin Company was selected from a pool of eight strong candidates, including three finalists," said Superintendent Jeff Ferguson. "The company was the construction manager when we built Tallmadge High School and they did an excellent job for the district. We look forward to working with them again on the new K-5 and 6-8 buildings."

Through Sol Harris Day, the district has already begun the design and engineering phase of the project. With the addition of the construction manager, the district will have a better idea of the project timeline and can begin working on other aspects of the building process.

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"Hiring The Ruhlin Company has completed the building team and we are excited to keep this process moving," said Ferguson. "Both Ruhlin and Sol Harris Day are focused on 21st-centruy learning and creating a student-centered educational environment for our students. As we move forward, we will continue to involve parents, community members, students and staff."

In addition to the elementary and middle school project, the district is in the process of selecting an architect and construction manager for the athletic facilities. The goal is to coordinate both projects so they run simultaneously.

The district will continue to provide regular updates on both building projects, including community meeting dates.

For more information about the Tallmadge City School District, visit www.tallmadgeschools.org.

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