Lead, follow, but get there

Wednesday, December 6, 2017

There was a caveat uttered at last week’s Cherokee Facilities Review Committee meeting cautioning architects and financial planners that Cherokee does not need a “Taj Mahal” school facility to replace Roosevelt Elementary, but a nuts and bolts structure that would serve the purpose and be least costly.

This best bang for the buck theory should be what drives world economy and the cornerstone of American capitalism. Sadly, this is not always the case as greed, and the satanic lure of fame and fortune too often drive the train.

Still, we all must, at some point in time, put our faith in fellow humans and let our leaders lead, knowing they’re doing their best while seeking the best for all concerned.

With today’s many mandatory laws, rules, and regulations in the construction world and undoubtedly in education, the valued expertise of engineers and architects are a necessity to ensure the i is dotted and the t is crossed. Even the slightest mis-step can be calamitous, with the end result costly litigation, if not a matter of life and death.

Like crops need soil, rain and sunshine, coinstruction progjects large and small need engineers and architects.

We judge such experts on their reputations, experience, representation, and willingness to go the extra mile for their clients in achieving the desired goal.

We were impressed with Matt Bayse of FEH Design, who presented building planning process at last week’s FRC meeting, and with Travis Squres of Piper-Jaffray, who presented financial planning and local spending parameters.

Their firms have done work for the School District in the past and their demeanor and desire to work with the District and its constituents during this difficult and complex climb to replace aging school buildings, was reassuring that the District has made the right choice in consultants going forward.

There’s no easy way out in the matter of throwing away the old and buying new. Having expertise on hand is tantamount. Having caring expertise on hand is a necessity.

Although there are too many members, we hope the capable leaders on the Facilities Review Committee shine through in the end, just as will the hired consultants.

All things considered, we think we’re in good hands.