Stoneham School construction committee submits 90% of construction documents to MSBA

For immediate release

STONEHAM — Members of the Stoneham School Building Committee (SSBC) recently approved 90% construction documents, which were submitted to the Massachusetts School Building Authority (MSBA) on September 28.

Submitting construction documents at 90% allows the MSBA to monitor the project to ensure it stays on track and meets school district and MSBA expectations as set out in the project’s funding agreement. project.

This milestone brings the Committee one step closer to the Guaranteed Maximum Price phase – the highest amount of labor, materials, and profit costs the city can charge for the project. The maximum price will be finalized in early January 2023.

As continued inflation, supply chain and labor challenges affect the construction industry and have had a profound impact on the project, the committee agreed that once the GMP has been assessed, it will most likely be necessary to return to Town Meeting to request an additional sum. money to add to the budget. These cost increases affect almost the entire construction sector.

“We have upgraded several important elements of the project to alternative bid status to meet our original commitment to open the new building in September 2024, on time and on budget,” notes committee co-chair Marie Christie. . “But we are convinced that these aspects of the project are necessary to deliver the project that we promised. Although it is too early to know the exact amount of the request, the committee continues to work with the project partners to assess and communicate the impact to the community in a timely manner.

In order to keep the project in time for delivery in June 2024, the Committee approved the advance supply of materials needed to construct the building’s structure, although structural steel costs have increased by 30% since then. the latest cost estimate. Delaying the purchase would greatly increase the delivery time.

The additional costs forced the Committee to revise the plans and move some important elements of the project to the Submission Alternative category – which included elements that could easily be added back into the design if additional funding became available.
Among the elements that have been placed in the Bid Alternate category are the athletic building adjacent to the new stadium – which includes home bleachers, stadium visitor bleachers, a grass pitch and an outdoor study area at the exterior of the second floor arts wing.

Additionally, over the past year the committee has made a number of value engineering decisions on items that have changed the product/process originally chosen – i.e. moveable wall passage to solid classroom walls, the removal of the central office area from the project, and the swapping of various architectural finishes – which had no bearing on the classroom or programming. These changes were necessary to keep the approved project within budget, as inflation had an impact on the original cost estimates.

The Committee continues to meet on Mondays to move the project forward and work on the next phase of pricing. Information on all meetings, site photos and more can be found at http://www.stoneham-ma.gov/hsbc. Meetings are usually held twice a month on Monday evenings starting at 7:00 p.m. School Building Committee meetings are open to everyone and the committee welcomes your participation and feedback. Details for attending meetings virtually can be found at https://www.stoneham-ma.gov/hsbc.

If you cannot attend the meeting in person, you can find online versions of the meeting live, on Stoneham TV’s government channels (Comcast 22, RCN 15 and Verizon 36). You can also view the meetings at any time on https://www.stonehamtv.org/ondemand.

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