East Gloucester/ Veterans' Building Project

Opening Fall 2023

January 12, 2023

Brian Hromadka of CBRE/Heery reported that good progress is being made. The project is on budget and on time. Work has been performed on some Saturdays to make up for delays and will continue where beneficial. Brian, along with the City, have been working with the MSBA on invoice submission through their payment system to facilitate MSBA reimbursement for applicable costs.

Supt. Lummis reported that the new school building was toured by East Gloucester and Veterans' Memorial Schools staff who were excited to see the building coming into form.

Michele Rogers from Dore & Whittier led a discussion and the Committee voted to approve numbering on some of the outside of windows as a safety measure. 

Alex Corbett of WT Rich provided a construction update with an "Open Space" view of the interior of the building (the video can be viewed at approximately minute 50 of the meeting recording.) Tile has been started in the classroom halls, casework is being installed in classrooms, finishes are being applied in Building A bathrooms, insulation and wall board is being installed in the gym, and the administration area walls are taking shape.

December 8, 2022

The project remains on budget and on track for substantial completion in early June and as reported by Brian Hromadka of CBRE/Heery. While there have been delays due to staffing levels and materials, the project team is making up time with work on Saturdays when possible. 

The School Building Committee discussed and approved adding cell service boosters in the building which costs approximately $100,000-$130,000 for implementation now vs costs that could be as high as $160,000 if this is added after construction is complete. Energy efficiency aspects of construction pose barriers to dependable cell service. The additional cost will be covered by the contingency budget. 

CBRE/Heery has been submitting project invoices to the MSBA now that the Project Funding Agreement is in place.  Reimbursement should start flowing in January for reimbursable costs to date.

Josh Perrine from Dore & Whittier presented the Furniture, Fixture and Equipment (FF&E) selection process and timeline. Costs are higher than in the past due to price increases and the incremental costs will be covered by the contingency budget.

Alex Corbett of WT Rich presented a drone video of the project which can be viewed here. He reported that the façade of "B Building" is getting finished off and they are working on getting the building totally enclosed for the colder weather. Finish work is underway in A Building.

November 10, 2022

Supt. Lummis reported that the Project Funding Agreement (PFA) has been signed by the Mayor and the Massachusetts School Building Authority. The PFA had been held up due to litigation that was recently fully resolved in the City's favor.  With the execution of the PFA, the City will begin receive reimbursement from the MSBA for eligible project costs incurred to date and going forward.  Owners Project Manager, CBRA/Heery has been working to get all past invoices submitted.

Brian Hromadka of CBRE/Heery reported that the project remains on track, but that there was some slippage in schedule due to labor shortages this past month that WT Rich will make up with additional manpower. The focus has been on getting the building closed up before the colder weather. Metal panels are being installed on the exterior and windows were scheduled to arrive next week.  The project is now over 50% complete.

Tom Hood of WT Rich presented the Open Space view of the project which provides a detailed view of the interior of the building. He noted the gym is starting to take shape.

October 13, 2022

The project remains on schedule and on budget as reported by Brian Hromadka of CBRE/Heery. The project team  continues to monitor material delays, but WT Rich, the construction manager, has been able to make accommodations to keep the project on track.  Change orders are being managed closely.  Almost $70,000 of scope has been able to be added back into the project. Please see Weekly Updates for more detail on work being performed.

Dore & Whittier has begun the furniture, fixture and equipment procurement process and has been working with the District on selections. Sample furniture options have been delivered to EGS and Veterans Memorial for educators to try out and provide feedback. 

A drone video provided a nice view of the overall progress on the project.

September 8, 2022

Brian Hromadka of CBRE/Heery provided an overview of the project and reported that it remains on schedule and on budget. Delays in materials have been well managed by the project team to keep the project on track. The construction is approximately 50% complete.

Contracts awarded to Minority and Women owned businesses (MBE/WBE) is 16.4% of the total vs a target of 11.2%.

Alex Corbett of WT Rich presented an "Open Space" tour of the exterior and interior tour of the building, showing details of the brick and other finishes on the exterior and pointing out various aspects of the interior design taking shape. Temporary window coverings are being installed so that work on interior finishes can be underway. 

August 11, 2022

Brian Hromadka of CBRE/Heery reported that the project is tracking well and within budget. All subcontractor work has been awarded. The Committee reviewed four change orders, three of which were accounted for during the Value Engineering phase. The change orders  included cost increases related to site conditions, changes in dry wall density in certain places, metal / soffit design and wiring. All change orders are within the project budget contingencies.

It was also reported that the Appeals Court affirmed the decision of the Superior Court in the Amaral v. City of Gloucester in which the City of Gloucester prevailed.

July15, 2022

Brian Hromadka of CBRE/Heery presented the monthly update which noted that the project remains on schedule and within budget. Subcontractor awards are 99% complete. To date, there are approximately $100k in potential changes orders. The playground budget is approximately $37k over budget due to additional playground equipment.

Alex Corbett of WT Rich gave the construction update. Stairwells are complete in Building A, sheathing is 65-70% complete. The glulam beams (wood lamination coverings) are in and look great.

June 9, 2022

As presented by Brian Hromadka of CBRE/Heery, the project remains on track in terms of schedule and budget. Delivery times and material availability are being closely monitored by the project team due to market conditions.

Tom Hood of WT Rich reported that utilities are 90% complete, stairwells are close to completing, and interior framing is also going on. A key focus is getting the building enclosed.



Project Photos & Videos

 Flyby Tour of the proposed new East Gloucester/Veterans' Building 

Interactive visioning workshop with project architects and designers. Building Committee members and the public were invited to view a series of "vision boards" and give feedback on a variety of images. This sparked conversation to begin defining design directions for the new school building, to ensure that the final design reflects the values, history, and unique qualities of the community, in addition to meeting our students' educational needs.  

Overview of the new school's site layout for parking and drop off.

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