Contract signed for NDHS replacement
CAMBRIDGE — Dorchester County Public Schools Superintendent Dr. Henry V. Wagner signed the guaranteed maximum price amendment with Whiting Turner Construction for the replacement North Dorchester High School Project on Monday, Aug. 29.
With this amendment signed, a groundbreaking date for the project can now be scheduled for September. The guaranteed maximum price of the project is $43,106,483, below the authorized budget amount of $43,893,784.
“Beginning with the feasibility study several years ago, this replacement North Dorchester High School project has been a textbook example of processes that are held in the very highest regard in the annals of best practices,” Wagner said.
“These include comprehensive and transparent use of accurate data and information; deliberate and thorough involvement of all community stakeholder groups; utilization of architectural and structure partners with a proven track record in our community to go along with
our own outstanding facilities leadership; and most important of all, an undeniable relationship of trust among the educational and community policymakers, that is our board of education and our county council,” he said.
Wagner was accompanied in this pivotal moment by many members of staff, the Dorchester County Board of Education and Dorchester County Council.
Dorchester County Board of Education President Philip Bramble said that the project was long overdue and praised the support of the community and the county in moving the project along.
“It has been a pleasure working with the board of education on this,” said County Council President Ricky Travers. “It’s a very big project, especially to our taxpayers. When we go to Annapolis and we fight for this, there are counties coming up there saying, ‘Well this year we want to build eight schools.’ We’re there struggling to build one because it is a huge event based on our income revenues here in the county.”
Travers also said the county is looking into alternative methods of funding to assist with the project as it progresses. The county budget for FY2017 allotted $3,021,435 for the project.
“Today, we transition from concept to reality, a reality for which the NDHS community has so patiently waited,” Wagner said. “To everyone who has helped in any way thus far, or who will help in the next phase, please accept our sincerest thanks.”
According to the site plan, the new North Dorchester High School, with a projected 116,550 total square feet, would be built behind the current school and on the soccer field and track, with parking and a bus loop located where the current school sits. A new track and soccer field would be built between the new high school and North Dorchester Middle School, along with new baseball, softball and practice fields.
According to information on the DCPS website, the North Dorchester High School replacement project has been in the planning stages for three years, and has been included in the Board of Education Capital Improvement Plan since 2007.
Hord Coplan Macht architectural firm has undertaken the design of the building. Whiting Turner Construction was awarded the construction management contract in January.
Dorchester County Public Schools hopes to move students into the new high school by the fall of 2019.
On Monday, Aug. 29, Dorchester County Public Schools Superintendent Dr. Henry Wagner, second from left, signs the contract along with Whiting Turner Construction Vice President Jim Martini as Dorchester Board of Education President Philip Bramble, left, and Dorchester County Council President Ricky Travers look on.