FARMINGTON — The work toward rebuilding Farmington High School took a big step Thursday as the school board approved an architect to lead the project.

During the Farmington Municipal Schools board of education meeting, Greer Stafford/SJCF was awarded the contract for professional design services for the new Farmington High School.

The approved fee for the firm is 5.7 percent of the estimated $50 million construction cost for the project. The firm's final payment will be based on the actual cost of construction.

Greer Stafford was one of nine architecture firms that responded to requests for proposals.

Three firms were interviewed by a selection committee, and two firms were tied based on their scores given by committee members during the selection process.

Greer Stafford was selected with five votes over FBT Architects' two votes, said assistant superintendent of operations James Barfoot. FBT Architects is the design firm in charge of the new Tibbetts Middle School.

A member of the selection committee, Barfoot said one thing the committee liked about Greer Stafford is that the firm has an office in Farmington.

"They have staff here," Barfoot said. "If we have a problem up in the ceilings or another issue, they can be here in a few minutes."

Barfoot said the architecture firm has previously worked on Farmington High, having designed the current science building and other work in the past.

The projected plan for the new Farmington High is to demolish and rebuild buildings on campus in two different phases.

"It's going to be a hard project, it's tough to build on site," Barfoot said. "We don't know for sure what buildings will come down first."

Greer Stafford president Scott Stafford spoke during the meeting about the schedule for the upcoming work on the high school campus. Stafford brought up two options for the construction schedule to give board members an idea of what the two-phase schedule could look like.

The first option has a tighter schedule, resulting with construction ending in both phases before the start of school in August 2015 and August 2016. Under that option, construction would start in August 2014 and June 2015.

The second option would have both phases of construction ending in December 2015 and December 2016. For that option, construction could start in October 2014 and October 2015.

"Our biggest concern is if we don't get the first phase right, it's going to trickle throughout the project," Stafford said.

Both options include staff and teachers meeting for programming input on the proposed designs immediately.


Joshua Kellogg can be reached at; 505-564-4627. Follow him on Twitter @jkelloggdt.