Rocky Hill Picks O&G Industries As Manager Of $45 Million High School Renovation

Rocky Hill High School
September 19, 2012

O&G Industries of Torrington has been chosen to manage the $45 million renovation and expansion of Rocky Hill High School.

The town council voted unanimously Tuesday to accept O&G's bid of $3.28 million to serve as construction manager for the project. One of New England's largest diversified construction companies with a rich history in school construction in Connecticut, O&G was one of two firms competing for the contract.

A comparable bid from Turner Construction Co. of Milford came in at $3.52 million.

Theirs were the only submissions received from 20 companies that initially expressed interest in the town's request for quotations, Finance Director John Mehr said.

O&G has worked with architectural consultants Friar Associates Inc. of Farmington for the Rocky Hill school system for several years and helped develop the educational specifications and cost estimates for the high school project.

The town public buildings commission, which endorsed O&G's bid last month, has interviewed three potential project architects — Friar Associates, Fletcher-Thompson Inc. of Shelton, and Kaestle Boos Associates Inc. of New Britain — but has not made a recommendation to the council.

The high school project was approved by voters June 5. It involves a complete "as-new" modernization and 11,700-square-foot expansion of the 31-year-old building.

State reimbursement is expected to cover $16.4 million of the project cost, leaving the town responsible for $28.55 million.

The work is anticipated to take up to three years to complete.

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