Board held special meeting Wednesday to hear presentations

Published: Thursday, May 30, 2013 at 11:48 AM.

CHIPLEY — The Washington County School Board decided to shop locally when they selected Hatch Mott MacDonald to serve as the district’s contracted architectural firm.

Hatch Mott MacDonald has a Chipley branch office, Senior Project Manager Ricky Branton told the board members on Tuesday during a special meeting.

“We live here, and we’ll be here at all your meetings and workshops. Being local, we can be more responsive. If you need a survey in Vernon, if you call me tonight I can have a team out there tomorrow,” Branton said.

The board also heard presentations from DAG Architects Inc. of Destin and Paul A. Donofro & Associates Architects of Marianna, but decided to go with Hatch Mott MacDonald after a few minutes of discussion.

“We’re committed to this school board,” Branton said. “We were disappointed not to get the chance to work on the Kate M. Smith Elementary School, but we are excited to get the opportunity to work with the school district.”

Branton said Hatch Mott MacDonald is a full-service architect and engineering firm.

Hatch Mott MacDonald is an award-winning, full service consulting engineering firm that offers clients multidisciplinary expertise and comprehensive capabilities in planning, project development, studies and analysis, design, procurement, construction engineering and inspection, project, program and construction management, and facility maintenance and operations, according to

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