The 41-person Imagine OPRF workgroup will have more help from the architectural firm the board selected last September to provide design services for the Imagine process. 

Last year, the board OK’d paying $21,000 to Perkins and Will to provide “insight into best practices for long-range facility planning” to leverage their “expertise and experience in current educational trends,” and to review existing reports, data and drawings, among other functions, according to a memo drafted by Tod Altenburg, the district’s chief school business official.

At the time, Altenburg stated, “it was noted that the contract could be amended if the Imagine process required services beyond the contract being presented.” 

During its March 22 meeting, the Oak Park and River Forest High School District 200 Board of Education unanimously approved to extend Perkins and Will’s contract in order for the firm to perform work for the next phase of the Imagine process, which will include “creating conceptual designs of various options” that “are transparent and understandable to the public.” 

The firm will also perform community engagement work, replacing a consultant, Unicom-ARC, which had been hired last year for that function. Ending the contract with Unicom-ARC early, Altenburg said, “preserves $29,200 in the Imagine OPRF budget.”

The total cost of the expanded Perkins and Will contract is $112,000, the memo states — $82,000 of which will be charged to the district beginning in June. The remaining $30,000 will be billed after July 1, officials said. The contract also calls for Perkins and Will to be reimbursed for up to $9,000 in expenses. 

District officials said they’ll present conceptual drawings of the proposed renovations to the public on April 16, at 7 p.m., at OPRF’s south cafeteria, 201 N. Scoville Ave. 

Community members will be able to tour the high school on April 14 from 10 a.m. to 10:45 a.m., and April 16 from 5:45 p.m. to 6:15 p.m.


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