The projects were approved unanimously. The vote on the list of project architects was approved 7-2 following discussion about the need to stretch the $1.6 billion in bond funds by negotiating reductions in architect fees. Early on in the bond program, trustees approved a contract setting architect’s fees at six to 11 percent of project costs. Faced with rising construction costs and more needs than money, the board recently asked staff to work to renegotiate the fee structure.
Trustees Audrey Pinkerton and Dustin Marshall recommended the board delay approving the architects until after the negotiations. Other trustees said the delay would be costly and eat away at the bond program budget as construction costs continue to rise.