GLENWOOD | Brookwood School District 167 has hired a new construction manager and architect for its new middle school.

Gilbane Construction and STR Partners LLC were officially announced during a special board meeting last week.

"They did well in meeting the criteria we asked for," Superintendent Valorie Moore said. "They were able to do a wonderful job in problem solving around some of the challenges that were mentioned."

STR and Gilbane were chosen after the School Board saw presentations from several firms during special meetings on Jan. 29 and 30 and Feb. 3.

Gilbane's web site at contains a detailed description and pictures of Central High School in Macon, Ga., which it completed in 2009. The firm won a merit award from the Associated General Contractors of Georgia for the building.

Several high schools, middle and junior schools and elementary schools designed by STR can be seen at its web site at

"The board was impressed with (Gilbane and STR) and their ability to build what we believe will be an outstanding school," Moore said.

Voters approved a referendum in November 2012 for the sale of bonds to raise $15.8 million for a new building to replace Brookwood Middle School, which was built in 1895. The board voted to find a new architect to head construction of the new middle school at its November 2013 meeting.

Moore and other district officials will discuss the middle school construction project with residents and parents during a forum at 6:30 p.m. Thursday  in the Brookwood Middle School gym, 200 E. Glenwood-Lansing Road. Stakeholders are encouraged to attend.

Planera and Associates will remain the district's architect for all school projects except the new Brookwood Middle School construction.

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Jeanette is a journalist with The Times Media Co. who has worked as both a reporter and editor. She has a master's degree in public affairs reporting from the University of Illinois at Springfield.