The architecture firm Dekker/Perich/Sabatini was selected as the design firm for the $7 million renovation and expansion of the San Juan College School of Science, Math and Engineering.

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FARMINGTON — The architecture firm Dekker/Perich/Sabatini was selected as the design firm for the $7 million renovation and expansion of the San Juan College School of Science, Math and Engineering by board members Tuesday night.

The firm was one of seven companies that submitted bid packages for the $496,000 contract and one of three interviewed by college staff members, according to Garry Smothers, the physical plant interim director.

Smothers said the contract will be sent to Dekker/Perich/Sabatini on Nov. 12, a day after a 14-day protest period ends. That time frame allows other companies who bid on the project to formally protest the selection if they wish.

Tuesday’s meeting was originally scheduled for Nov. 3, but Smothers said the meeting was moved so that a bid could be approved earlier. The move ensured that part of the $4 million raised from State Bond Question C, which was approved by voters in November 2014, was spent before a Nov. 1 deadline.

Smothers said the college had to spend 5 percent of the tax-free bond within six months of the state bond being sold or it would revert to taxable status.

The three-phase, $7 million project at the School of Science, Math and Engineering calls for the construction of three new classrooms, the renovation of three existing classrooms into laboratories and the renovation of about 43,000 square feet of existing space to handle increased enrollment in programs.

The firm was involved in the design and construction of the $15.8 million School of Energy building on the northwest corner of the college’s main campus.

Dekker/Perich/Sabatini is also working with the Central Consolidated School District to design the new Judy Nelson Elementary School in Kirtland, which will replace the aging Ruth N. Bond and Grace B. Wilson elementary schools.

Dan Kemme, principal at Dekker/Perich/Sabatini, said the firm is also working with Fort Lewis College on the expansion of its science building Berndt Hall in Durango, Colo., and the Montezuma-Cortez High School in Cortez, Colo.

The first phase of the San Juan College School of Science, Math and Engineering calls for three new classrooms to be built in a new addition constructed in a lawn area along the northwest wall of the West Classroom Complex facing the Education Services Center.

Kemme said building a new addition in the tight space provides a compelling challenge. He described the area as small for the type of construction required.

“That’s what makes it fun,” Kemme said. “It's one of the things that makes (the project) rather intriguing.”

Kemme said the firm will work with the San Juan College staff to develop a request for quotation to hire a contractor to work with Dekker/Perich/Sabatini in the near future.

Joshua Kellogg covers education for The Daily Times. He can be reached at 505-564-4627.

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