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Burbank Unified narrows field of architects for millions in bond spending

June 14, 2013|By Kelly Corrigan, kelly.corrigan@latimes.com

Burbank Unified officials have recommended five architectural firms as potential partners to help the district complete millions of dollars in school renovation projects with the $110 million in available bond funding.

The district’s recommendation was made after nearly a dozen firms participated in interviews with school officials who wanted the firms to have at least 10 years of experience in California.

The district also wanted firms that have helped design at least five school modernization or construction projects in the last 10 years and that are located within 40 miles of Burbank Unified.

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In all, 23 firms showed interest in working with Burbank Unified, and of those, 11 were invited for hour-long interviews with district staff members of the school facilities oversight committee in late May.

“We were shooting from two to four [firms],” said Christine Statton, assistant superintendent of administrative services. “We were so impressed, we ended up with five.”

The five firms include: Adolph Ziemba, AIA & Associates, Flewelling & Moody, Osborn Architects, Christofi Architects and GKK Works.

At least three of the firms have already worked with Burbank Unified on past projects, including Adolph Ziemba, AIA & Associates, Flewelling & Moody, and GKK Works.

The other two recommended firms — Osborn Architects and Christofi Architects — are led by longtime Burbank residents, Richard Westwood and Kyriacos Christofi, respectively.

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Follow Kelly Corrigan on Twitter: @kellymcorrigan.

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