CHIPLEY — The Washington County School Board chose the firm Perry-McCall Construction on Monday to provide management services overseeing the demolition and construction of the Vernon Elementary School project, scheduled to begin over Christmas break.
The board held a special meeting on Monday, Dec. 2 to hear from five competing firms who wanted the job of construction manager for the district. Each of the five firms was allowed to make a 20-minute presentation to the board, before the board members ranked the presentations and chose a provider.
The Jacksonville based firm was ranked first of the five competing firms. Reliant South Construction Group was ranked second, while Lord & Son Construction and Allstate Construction tied for third place. Anderson & Associates was ranked fifth.
Perry-McCall Construction, Inc. was founded in 1989 when Wayne S. McCall formed a new construction company in Northeast Florida committed to meeting the needs of their clients while providing total customer satisfaction, according to the company’s website. Through this experience Perry-McCall has grown from a small partnership serving one region into a multimillion-dollar construction firm that services the entire Southeast.
Perry-McCall Construction has 40 years experience and has constructed 600,000 square-feet in K-20 construction, according to Project Manager Woodrow Foster. The firm has worked in Washington County before with projects at Vernon High School, Roulhac Middle School and Vernon Elementary School.
“A project like this one takes a lot of coordination,” Foster said.
The plans are for the old building six to be demolished and have the rubble removed during Christmas break, then a new building will be constructed in the Spring while classes are ongoing at the Vernon Elementary School campus.
The construction site will be fenced off from the rest of the campus. Plans are for the new building to be complete by July 31.
School board attorney Jeff Goodman said he would get with Perry-McCall and have a contract prepared in 48 hours, so the board can review the document at the next regular school board meeting, scheduled for Dec. 9.