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Friday, January 15, 2010

Highland Committee to interview architect candidates for stabilization

Members of the Highland Committee came to a meeting on January 7 loaded down with copies of proposals: responses to their request for qualifications (RFQ) for an architectural firm to oversee the stabilization of the Highland School Building. The RFQ opening on January 4 had yielded 19 proposals from applicants for the project.

Each member of the committee had studied the applicants’ proposals and grouped them, coming to the meeting prepared to recommend a minimum of three finalists. Applicants were eliminated if they were missing requested documentation (especially financial information); lacked experience in working on projects similar to the Highland Building; if their presentations were unclear to members, or did not follow the RFQ guidelines; if they presented a poor timeline for the project; or if they were deemed not to assign enough time to it. Committee members grouped and regrouped piles of proposals, narrowing choices as they discussed the relative merits of the applications.

By the end of the meeting, they had selected four firms to be interviewed on January 14 beginning at 7 p.m., and assigned each applicant a half hour for a presentation and interview by the committee and Town Administrator Tim Goddard. The finalists are: Durland Van Voorhis Architects; Menders, Torrey & Spencer, Inc.; McGinley Kalsow & Associates and CSS Architects, Inc.

Following the interviews, the committee will select a finalist. If the finalist accepts the committee’s offer, contract negotiations will take place, so that the town can enter into a contract with the selected firm. Once an architectural firm is hired, the committee and the selected firm will advertise on the Central Register a request for proposals (RFP) for contractors for the stabilization project. Brown noted that the committee is “on track” with its self-imposed timeline for stabilizing the Highland Building. Once that is underway, the committee will turn its attention to the separate project of the long-term restoration and use of the building. ∆

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