On February 9, 2012, we formally sent CTA Construction a "Tentative Notice of Award of Contract for General Construction." CTA had the lowest prequalified General Contract bids. The bid was low enough to include the project alternates, the track surface and water line extension, in the contract award.
We are very excited to begin construction. Additional information will be posted here soon.
The Douglas Board of Selectmen has voted unanimously to present the project to voters for funding approval. A Special Town Meeting will occur on Monday, March 28, 2011, 7:00pm at the Douglas High School. The total project cost is $49.9M, with a majority to be paid for with state funds.
The Douglas Finance Committee has prepared the Voter Information Bulletin, to be mailed to all residents. The Finance Committee is recommending approval of the project.
Originally opened as the Middle High School, this building is in need of major repairs consistent with a 25-year-old building. We will be replacing the roof, installing a new heating system, and resolving a large number of smaller issues.
The portable classrooms attached to the building will be removed.
The building will serve grades 6-8 and will be renamed the Douglas Middle School.
The project includes funding for current educational technology.
Total repair cost is $16.8 M. The state's MSBA fund will cover 54.16% of these costs for a net cost to Douglas of $7.9 M.
A "Loop road" will be constructed to improve public safety. Parent dropoff will be on one side of the schools, and bus dropoff on the other.
Additional parking will be provided
Site parking and walkways will be improved to meet Americans with Disabilities Act requirements.
A new softball field will be constructed, with two overlapping play fields
A walking/running track has been designed. Our current budget provides for all work relating to this track but excludes the track surface. We believe the track surface can be provided within the project from cost savings. The interior of the track is a field appropriate for soccer, football, and other sports. This interior portion is part of the project budget.
Total cost for the roadway, code, safety, and athletic fields is $4.4 M. The MSBA does not provide reimbursement for these items.
Total Project Cost includes design, construction, technology, furniture, and other related items.
Additional Project Information
Files related to this project are posted in the School Building Committee's File Archive. Most documents (especially drawings) are draft/in-progress documents. Some drawings show different versions of layouts than other drawings - this is so we can compare options. Most are PDF files.
A Feasibility Study for the School Building Project began in 2008 following Town Meeting appropriation of $350,000. The MSBA will reimburse the Town 53.53% for these expenses. The study was completed in November 2010.
The School Building Committee recommends the Town repair the Intermediate School and construct a new Elementary School. We anticipate the new building will open in September 2013 and repairs to the Intermediate School will be complete in December 2013.
The new grade structure will be:
Douglas Primary School (current Elementary School): Preschool, Kindergarden, First Grade
Douglas Elementary School (new building): Grades 2-5
Douglas Middle School (current Intermediate School): Grades 6-8
Douglas High School: Grades 9-12
The preliminary cost for the new Elementary School is approximately $30 million, and repairs to the Intermediate School approximately $21 million. We anticipate costs to decrease as we move forward with the design process. In addition, the construction climate is such that most projects are being bid at 10-20% below estimates.
We anticipate the MSBA tor reimburse the Town 60.53% of costs for the new Elementary School and 53.53% for the Intermediate School repairs.
The School Building Committee presented its Feasibility Study Report to the Town on November 4, 2010. Presentation materials for this meeting:
Model_School_Presentation.pdf: Information on the MSBA's Model School program, and detalis of the Fort Banks Elementary School in Winthrop, MA, which will serve as the model for the new Douglas Elementary School.
In addition, the video of the presentation has been posted online and is available here. The audio from the first twelve minutes of this video is somewhat noisy due to an audio recording problem. We are attempting to correct this problem and will post an updated video when complete.
Schematic Design - COMPLETE
Schematic Design of this project was approved by Town Meeting in November, 2010, with an appropriation of $495,000. The MSBA will reimburse the Town 53.53% for these expenses. The Schematic Design phase was complete in March, 2011.
Schematic Design is the next phase of the project. During Schematic Design, the Committee determined details of the new building location and layout, details of the repairs necessary for the Intermediate School, location of athletic fields, and more accurate cost projections.
In addition, the Committee will be reviewed construction options for the 1898 (abandoned) Elementary School, located behind the Post Office.
At the Special Town Meeting of November 15, 2010, the Town voted to appropriate $495,000 for the completion of Schematic Design. The MSBA will reimburse the town 53.53% of these expenses, for a net cost of approximately $230,000. The request is recommended by the Finance Committee, Board of Selectmen, School Committee, and Capital Improvement Committee.
UPDATE: Schematic Design funding has been completed. More current information is available at the top of this page.
School Building Committee Meetings
The School Building Committee holds its regular meetings on the first Thursday of each month at 7:00PM in the Douglas Municipal Center. Additional meetings are scheduled as necessary. All meetings are posted through the Town Clerk's office as required by law, and are also listed in the Town's online meeting calendar.
All meetings of the School Building Committee are open to the public and are videotaped. Recorded meetings may be viewed on the Town's online video library.