Plans For Assabet Renovations On Schedule

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Assabet metal fabrication instructors Chris Whitmier and Neil Mansfield go over ventilation requirements with project manager Mel Overmoyer, and Pat Curran from Sullivan Engineering.
Assabet metal fabrication instructors Chris Whitmier and Neil Mansfield go over ventilation requirements with project manager Mel Overmoyer, and Pat Curran from Sullivan Engineering. Photo Credit: Courtesy photo

MARLBOROUGH, Mass. — Repair plans for Assabet Valley Regional Technical High School are under way, and some physical work on the aging school may begin as early as this spring.

“So far, the project planning has proceeded on schedule," said Assistant Superintendent Patrick Collins in a written statement. "This is an incredibly complex project with ten different major phases of work, and overriding the whole thing is the mandate to minimize the impact on the instructional programs."

The $62.4 million project is still in the planning stages, as work is scheduled to take place over the next few years. School officials plan to put the project out to bid in February and sign with a general contractor by mid-March.

Some actual early demolition work can be done in the late spring. The first phase of renovations will be done in earnest starting July 1, and over the summer, windows, doorknobs, HVAC and lighting systems will be replaced in the administrative wing.

Other upgrades to the school will eventually include a new roof, and improvements to the fire suppression systems, handicapped access and science labs.

The first hurdle in the repair project was getting unanimous approval from the seven district communities, including Shrewsbury, Northborough, Southborough, and Westborough in 2012.

In October, Steven Grossman, state treasurer and Massachusetts School Building Authority chairman, along with Jack McCarthy, MSBA executive director , delivered a $33 million check to Assabet as partial state reimbursement for the project.

The project's architect is Design Partnership of Cambridge; Strategic Building Solutions is the project manager.

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