Following two previous attempts at passing a local school bond initiative, the Lolo School District No. 7 was successful in late 2020 in gaining voter approval to construct a new $17.5M K-8 school and multi-use campus. The District houses K-8 students in various facilities, including modular buildings and part of Lolo’s original schoolhouse constructed in the early 1920s. With schematic design underway by lead Designer A&E Architects, the Lolo School District procured the $17.5M Alternative Delivery project using the Construction Manager / General Contractor (CMGC) methodology. The 3-step procurement included an initial Request for Qualifications with shortlisted firms invited to submit a second Technical Proposal and Preconstruction Services Fee and participate in a scored, 60-minute CMGC interview. The procurement schedule was accelerated by the District to ensure a CMGC contractor was onboarded quickly and preconstruction services completed in 2021.
Mission Critical’s Impact
Mission Critical’s writing group successfully framed and narrated the firm’s CMGC experience and the expertise of the proposed key personnel in delivering similar K-8 facilities work. Our design group optimized page space, preserved readability, and created an engaging and technically accurate document. Mission Critical’s expertise in pursuit management and personnel capacity was vital to DAC’s shortlist and No. 1 ranking for the Qualifications, Technical Proposal, and interview stages.