Con­tract signed for NDHS re­place­ment

Dorchester Star - - Front Page - By VIC­TO­RIA WIN­GATE vwingate@ches­pub.com

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.

BY VIC­TO­RIA WIN­GATE/VWINGATE@CHES­PUB.COM

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.

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