East Gloucester/ Veterans' Building Project
Opening Fall 2023
September 9, 2021 School Building Committee Meeting
Brian Hromadka of CBRE/Heery gave a project update which included receiving the initial demolition permit and Conservation Commission approval. He also reviewed price increases of certain material costs since June 20 and the 60% Detailed Design submission as the market has had significant price fluctuations and efforts to keep the project within budget. Jonathan Rich from WT Rich discussed negotiating competitive prices for the Early Package #2 work with subcontractors. The Building Committee reviewed and approved the 90% Detailed Design submission which had no changes in the space summary and educational program from the previous MSBA submission.
9/9/21 Building Committee Recording
9/9/21 Building Committee Minutes
August 26 School Building Committee Meeting
Mark Lydon from CBRE/Heery reported that the MSBA had relatively few comments on the 60% Detailed Design (DD) submission which were addressed by the project team, some of which would be included in the 90% DD submission. The committee also discussed the steel portion of Early Package #2 and agreed on a "not to exceed" amount for this line item in the budget.
August 12 School Building Committee Meeting
Brian Hromadka from CBRE/Heery reported that the work at St. Ann's is nearly complete and that teachers have begun preparing their classrooms. He also reviewed the project schedule and the upcoming milestone of 90% construction documents due to the MSBA at the end of the month. Michele Rogers of Dore & Whittier reviewed changes to a few windows in the gym, cafeteria and media center as the design evolves due to structural and functional considerations.
July 29 School Building Committee Meeting
Brad Dore of Dore & Whittier reviewed the detailed list of value engineering items for the Building Committee to discuss and prioritize potential add backs if pricing / budget allows as the project progresses.
July 27 City Council Update
School Committee Chair Pope, Superintendent Lummis, and Brad Dore of Dore & Whittier provided a project update to the City Council on the ongoing work with MSBA, moving out of Veterans' and into St. Ann's, and the timeline for abatement, demolition of the Veterans' School, and beginning of construction.
July 8 School Building Committee Meeting
Brad Dore of Dore & Whittier reviewed the list of value engineering items that were recommended by the subcommittee for consideration to bring the construction estimate in line with the budget. Supt. Lummis highlighted that there is no impact on the educational program. The Committee voted to approve the list as presented.
June 30 School Building Committee Meeting
Brian Hromadka from CBRE/Heery reviewed current construction budget estimates and the current market pricing on certain materials (e.g. steel) which show there is a potential impact on the construction budget. He discussed the Value Engineering process to keep the project budget on track. A subcommittee was established to review a detailed list as consideration for reducing costs. The subcommittee will meet prior to the next School Building Committee meeting on July 8 and bring forth their recommendations for the committee to consider.
The Committee approved change order management and approval levels as presented at the 6/10/21 meeting. All change orders in any amount will be reported to the School Building Committee throughout the project. Michele Rogers of Dore & Whittier reviewed the Detailed Design development submission which will be submitted to the MSBA on or about July 14.
The work at St. Ann's is proceeding as planned. Supt. Lummis will be reaching out to the neighborhood to communicate about parking, traffic circulation and other related matters.
June 10 School Building Committee Meeting
Brian Hromadka from CBRE/Heery, the Owner's Project Manager (OPM) reviewed the project milestone schedule and a recommended Change Order Management process. The committee approved the radon design fee as an added line item of the budget (will reduce the Owners Contingency line item). The project team of CBRE/Heery, Dore & Whittier and WT Rich are keeping an eye on materials costs and delayed delivery times as they plan for the project phases. The Dept. of Elementary and Secondary Education have approved the special education program design.
St. Ann's School work continues in preparation for serving the Veterans' Memorial School students and staff in the fall.
The next School Building Committee meeting will be held on June 30 to review the 60% Detailed Design for submission to the MSBA.
June 8 City Council meeting on Special Permit
On June 8, the City Council held a public hearing and voted 8-1 in favor of granting the special permit for the East Gloucester/Veteran's Memorial School Building Project. During the public hearing School Committee Chair Jonathan Pope and Superintendent Ben Lummis presented the rationale for the special permit on the height of the building. In approving the special permit, city councilors spoke of the importance of the new school for the families in downtown and East Gloucester and how the new school will have an overall positive impact on the neighborhood and entire community. The approval of the special permit is one more step in the final permitting process for the construction of Gloucester's new school building.
June 2 City Council P&D Subcommittee
After three subcommittee meetings and multiple site visits, the City Council Planning and Development Subcommittee voted 3-0 in favor of a special permit for the East Gloucester/Veteran's Memorial School Building Project. The full City Council will vote on this matter at the June 8 meeting where a public hearing will be held prior to discussion and vote. Meeting materials are below:
Please see below for a video of the building design!
October 14, 2021
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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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