The Transylvania Times -

School Board Closer To Naming Bond Architect, Contractor


April 25, 2019

The Transylvania County Board of Education is one step closer to selecting the firms to help them complete renovations and new construction, funded by the $68 million school bond, which passed last November.

At their April 11 meeting, the seven members of the School Bond Construction Committee discussed their earlier group interviews of eight architectural and five CMAR (construction manager at risk) firms. Members also shared findings from their attempts to contact references provided by each of the firms.

Committee chair Norris Barger asked each member to name their top three in each category, for those preferences to be folded into one recommendation from the committee as a whole to the school board.

The committee used a ranked voting method to award the most points for a first-place vote, fewer for second place and least for third place.

The final tally for CMAR firms provided a clear one, two, three list of recommendations: Vannoy Construction ranked first, followed by the partnership of Beverly-Grant and Barnhill, with Edifice General Contractors as the third choice by the committee.

While the voting by members was more widely dispersed for the eight architectural firms, three also rose to the top for recommendation to the school board. Two Asheville firms tied for first place among committee members – Clark Nexsen Architects and the partnership of PFA Architects and LS3P Associates, with Charlotte-based ADW Architects in third place.

Barger told members that the Board of Education would consider the recommendations at its regularly scheduled business meeting on Monday, May 6.

Agendas and minutes for Board of Education meetings are online at Current information about the school bond construction process is also online at


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