In hopes of the passing of a referendum later this year to fund the construction of a new school building, the Brookfield-LaGrange Park District 95 school board has begun the process of choosing a construction firm to help it prepare for the potential project.

According to Superintendent Mark Kuzniewski, the school board agreed back in November to proceed with securing a construction manager in order to be able to present a plan to the public ahead of a referendum.

“Our goal is to develop a long term solution … assign costs to that project and then place it as a question on the November ballot,” Kuzniewski said. “However, at this point, we have not determined the exact project or costs.”

When the district hires a construction firm to serve as construction manager, it is essentially hiring the whole firm, which provides the district with a designated team to work directly with the district. The team typically consists of a principal manager who serves as the point person. 

“When the district did their last expansion project back in 2007, the construction management firm was Chicago-based Gilbane Building Company,” Kuzniewski said. “But, when the project was over, the position went away.” 

In November, the district put out a request for qualifications and has been receiving the documents over the past few weeks. Kuzniewski and the board have created a hiring committee made up of individuals from the district. 

“We are using a steering committee made up of two board members, the district architect, the buildings and grounds director, two community members and myself to go through the submittals,” he said. “From there, our job is to get two finalists to interview with the board.” 

The board is slated to interview its top two firms on Jan. 28. Kuzniewski is hopeful that the district will make an offer to its top candidate at the district’s next business meeting in February.