Shook Touchstone to oversee school construction
Shook Touchstone Construction Project Managers will succeed Ruscilli Danis & Quandel Management in overseeing Dayton Public Schools’ neighborhood school construction project.
District officials, along with the Ohio School Facilities Commission, selected Shook Touchstone as the new project manager, pending final approval of the OSFC and the Dayton Board of Education.
“We are excited to have a local contractor on board, as well as a firm with more than 80 years of experience to bring to our project,” DPS Chief of Construction John Carr said. “Working with a local firm will greatly enhance our efforts to attract more local contractors and minorities for school construction jobs as we continue to move forward.”
Shook Construction is an employee-owned, Dayton-based company with offices in Cleveland, Columbus and Indianapolis. The 81-year-old firm, led by Chief Executive Officer Vince Corrado, will serve as the lead partner. Shook’s local projects include Dayton’s Relizon Headquarters, Nutter Center, Good Samaritan Hospital and Wright Stop Plaza, as well as educational facilities in Ohio and Indiana.
Touchstone CPM, a subsidiary of Tuttle Construction, has worked with the Ohio School Facilities Commission on more than $300 million in school projects. The company is operated by former Tuttle employees and specializes in construction project management.
Shook Touchstone will make the transition to assume the remainder of work to be done on the eight buildings in Segment II of the project and will begin work on the 11 schools in Segment III in 2008.
Negotiations broke down in July with Ruscilli Danis & Quandel Management, which had overseen the DPS construction project since 2002, completing Segment I and part of Segment II.
New neighborhood school construction can be seen on dozens of sites throughout the city. Four schools opened last year and three more will be dedicated this school year. The project is moving forward—on time and on budget.
The voter-approved school rebuilding project provides the local 39-percent share for construction. The state funds the remaining 61 percent.