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Friday, October 22, 2010

CCHS Building Committee to hire Owners Project Manager

Now that the state has shown willingness to consider funding for renovating the high school, the Concord-Carlisle High School Building Committee (CCBC) has begun advertising to hire an Owners Project Manager (OPM) for the project. The Massachusetts School Building Authority (MSBA) will review the committee’s selection and the committee expects to hire an OPM in early December.

The Request For Services (RFS) advertisement went out in papers on October 14. A walk-through at Concord-Carlisle High School for interested contractors was planned for October 19. RFS proposals are due on October 29. A subcommittee will review these proposals until November 5 and come up with a short list of contractors to be interviewed on November 10. Negotiations will begin with the first choice of the committee. Once fees have been agreed upon, the subcommittee will request authorization from the CCBC to award a contract. By November 18, the committee expects to give the contract to the MSBA for review. With MSBA approval, the CCBC hopes to execute a contract by December 6.

Deputy Superintendent for Finance and Operations John Flaherty defined the criteria by which the proposals will be judged saying, “The most emphasis will be on project approach.” Next, the firms will be ranked by relevant experience and the strength of the project team. Lastly, the firms will be ranked in terms of their knowledge of codes, “green” development, procurement and the quality and capacity of the firm.

The Feasibility Study and Design Phase are expected to take eight months. The design development and construction documents are expected to take another 16 months. Construction is expected to take 36 months.

Subcommittees are being formed. The communication subcommittee will maintain a website, and keep the community informed. The finance subcommittee will look over the budget, focusing on the numbers and advise Flaherty. A fund-raising subcommittee will help to raise funds for the athletic center, which will not be covered by the MSBA.

The committee hopes to have the Feasibility Study completed by next September and have Special Town Meetings in November to ask for funds for the next phase of the project.

The next CCBC meeting will be on November 10 at CCHS. ∆

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