FARMINGTON — The Farmington Municipal School District's board of education has approved hiring a construction manager for the Northeast Elementary and Hermosa Middle schools projects.

During a special board meeting Wednesday afternoon, the board approved Jaynes Corp. as the construction manager at risk to guide the design process for the estimated $37.7 million in construction and renovation work.

The proposed fees include the construction manager fee of $975,000 and a maximum general conditions fee of $1.97 million.

Ted Lasiewicz, the district's chief of operations, said the contract brings Jaynes Corp. into the design process of the project to provide ongoing pricing and design assistance.

At Hermosa Middle School, two of the school's three wings could be demolished and replaced with a two-story structure, which would connect the north wing and the gymnasium. The projected work for Northeast Elementary could include demolishing the building after a new two-story building is constructed on the school grounds.

Jaynes Corp. will work with Albuquerque-based FBT Architects on the remaining steps of designing the schools. That way, Jaynes can provide a guaranteed maximum price for construction costs, Lasiewicz said. He said if the guaranteed maximum price is exceeded, Jaynes will be responsible for the additional costs.

Lasiewicz said this style of construction management is different from bidding on construction work after the design process is complete.

"This process works especially well with renovations like Hermosa and the upcoming Farmington High School project," Lasiewicz said. "What this does is allow us to design to a specific dollar amount and not worry about surprises down the road."

As construction manager, Jaynes will provide prices of construction work after the next three steps of design have been completed -- schematic design, design development and construction documents.

Lasiewicz said in a situation where the cost of the project increases during the schematic design portion, Jaynes would inform the district and officials would inform FBT Architects to make design changes to avoid exceeding the maximum price.

Joshua Kellogg covers education for The Daily Times. He can be reached at 505-564-4627 and jkellogg@daily-times.com. Follow him @jkelloggdt on Twitter.