The Carlisle Mosquito Online

Friday, December 3, 2010

KVA signs contract to manage CCHS feasibility study

KV Associates (KVA) of Boston has signed a contract for $235,025 for the Owners Project Manager (OPM) position for the Concord-Carlisle High School (CCHS) renovation feasibility study. The contract must be approved by the Massachusetts School Building Authority (MSBA) before the Concord-Carlisle Regional School Committee will sign.

The master plan completed last spring proposes a renovation with 234,000 square feet of new space and 55,000 square feet of reused space, to be constructed in phases while students use the facility.

KVA had initially requested $335,000 for their fee. Concord-Carlisle Building Committee Chair Jerry Wedge said the committee’s original allocation of $120,000 for the OPM was unrealistic. Committee member Tim Hult wondered if the $1.3 million voted by the two towns last spring for the feasibility study and schematic design was unrealistic and pointed out that the Building Committee cannot ask the towns for more money.

The Building Committee voted to recommend that the regional school committee award a contract of $235,025 to KVA once the state has approved the contract. It is unclear whether the MSBA has to convene an OPM selection panel to give approval. A panel is scheduled in January.

The committee hopes to select a design firm next and complete the feasibility study in the spring. The committee will then create schematic designs and seek construction funding at Special Town Meetings next fall.

The next Building Committee meeting will be on December 8 at the high school library at 6 p.m. ∆

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