Board OKs LAMS project

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Education: LAPS moves ahead with $18.5 million work at the school

By Whitney Jones

Despite a protest from contractor Bradbury Stamm regarding the process that ultimately resulted in a construction contract being awarded to McCarthy, the Los Alamos Public School District is moving ahead with the work at Los Alamos Middle School.

“Looks like the light has turned from yellow to green over the last few days,” school board president Kevin Honnell said.

Albuquerque-based Bradbury Stamm, which lost out to McCarthy in the district bidding process, is protesting that McCarthy shouldn’t have received in-state preference points from the district.

The company is also protesting similar awards by Santa Fe Public Schools and Los Lunas Public Schools.

In-state preference allows contractors to receive five additional points in a proposal evaluation process – which factored into McCarthy receiving the project bid.

McCarthy is a multi-state company with a New Mexico location in Albuquerque. And the company was awarded in-state preference certification earlier this year by the state Taxation and Revenue Department, but Bradbury Stamm is arguing the certification was awarded in error.

Even so, the contract between the school district and McCarthy was signed Friday, according to District Chief Financial Officer John Wolfe.

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