Northeast Metro Tech Selects Building Supervisor for Constructing Challenge


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WAKEFIELD – Superintendent David DiBarri and the Northeast Metro Tech Building Committee are pleased to announce that the Gilbane Building Company has been hired as the Project’s At-Risk Site Manager (CMR).

The new school was designed by the architect Drummey Rosane Anderson with PMA Consultants as the owner’s project manager. It will be a state-of-the-art facility and will allow Northeast to increase the number of students enrolled from 1,270 to 1,600 – an increase of 26%.

The increase in available places is expected to dramatically shorten the district’s annual waiting list, which averages around 400 students.

The district completes the schematic design phase, which completes the details of the design and cost estimates. The schematic draft report is due for review in July by the Massachusetts School Building Authority (MSBA), a state agency that helps fund capital improvement projects in the Commonwealth public schools.

Gilbane is headquartered in Rhode Island and has a local office in Boston. Gilbane has provided construction management services to projects in Massachusetts since 1946. Gilbane has extensive experience on large and professional K-12 school projects including Quincy Comprehensive High School in Quincy, Minuteman Regional High School in Lexington, and Essex North Shore Agricultural and Technical School in Danvers.

“The hiring of a site manager is a significant step forward in the Northeast Metro Tech construction project,” said Superintendent DiBarri. “With Gilbane on board, we can now begin fine-tuning our schematic construction drawings and estimating the cost of building the project. We look forward to sharing these details as they roll out to our communities through forums, events, and regular updates over the coming weeks and months. “

“We are very happy to be part of the NEMT project team. Having worked on similarly successful projects with both PMA and DRA in the past, we are confident that we can work together in the next stages of design and construction to build a modern school that the NEMT boroughs serve will be proud in the years to come. “Said Mike O’Brien, senior vice president and head of the MA business unit at Gilbane.

The construction project is valued at $ 317.5 million and the MSBA will provide between $ 110 million to $ 1,140 million in grants to support the project, which will be completed in August. The 12 sending communities in the northeast will be responsible for the remainder of the project costs. Information on the tax implications for all 12 municipalities will be available this summer, and voters will have the opportunity to vote on the project in the fall.

The new NEMT High School will address the current facility’s outdated building systems, including much-needed ADA accessibility and code compliance upgrades, as well as overcrowding. The new school will have 21st century learning environments, improved IEP accommodation (Individualized Education Program), state-of-the-art retail space, expanded program offerings, a new main access road from Farm Street to reduce traffic congestion, as well as a full size gym, a 750-seat auditorium for outdoor study and a new cafeteria. With a focus on sustainability, the project aims for LEED Silver + certification with energy efficient mechanical systems, regulations for solar panels and green roofs. The compact, four-story design will include a courtyard on the upper level, roof terraces and a double-height library rotunda.

This project is made possible by the Massachusetts School Building Authority (MSBA), a state agency that helps fund capital improvement projects in Commonwealth public schools. NEMT was selected from hundreds of applicants who are qualified to conduct a grant feasibility study. This process found that building a new school was the most economical and educational option to address the current deficiencies in NEMT facilities.

Community members are reminded that the latest updates on the project and details on future community forums will be posted here on the construction project’s website and here on the Facebook page as they become available.