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Proviso Probe

Wednesday, August 16, 2006

GOV, Brook Park School addition to have construction manager [D95]

Riverside/Brookfield Landmark (Jessica Glowinski)
The Brookfield-LaGrange Park District 95 school board last week authorized Superintendent Thomas Hurlburt to begin seeking candidates to fill the role of construction manager for the planned addition to Brook Park School, but still remain weeks away from committing themselves to any specific construction timeline for the project.

In a separate interview, Hurlburt explained the construction manager would coordinate sub-contractors for different aspects of the construction project and would also work with the school in coordinating time schedules to avoid disrupting classes and other activities while work is underway.

Construction managers coordinate stuff and presumably leave the academic administrators more time to do their thing. However, there is potential to use construction managers to launder political kickbacks. I would recommend caution in the case of firms that have a history of making large campaign contributions to politicians connected with the projects they've managed. You want a construction manager that considers her/his primary duty the construction project, not the political schmoozing, right?

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