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The Valley Breeze & Observer 04-25-2019

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SMITHFIELD SCITUATE FOSTER GLOCESTER | VALLEY BREEZE & OBSERVER | APRIL 25-MAY 1, 2019 NORTH COUNTY 11 She said Colliers was chosen from the seven respondents to a request for qualifications sent out in February. Colliers is the most experienced firm, and has worked on several school building projects in Rhode Island including North Providence, Lincoln and East Greenwich, Paolucci said. "We were able to bring in very quali- fied firms overall," she said. For $2 million, Colliers, a Providence-based company, will moni- tor procurement procedures, design, construction and other activities to facilitate, coordinate and manage the $45 million reconfiguration project in accordance with a project schedule. Paolucci said Colliers will oversee construction quality and manage costs by working with the Rhode Island Department of Education to maximize reimbursement. "We are very happy with the services they provide. They will ensure every dime we spend is well spent," Paolucci said. Colliers was hired in December as the interim project manager following the town's approval of the $45 million bond a month earlier. Bond money will pay for management services, architectural design services, and attor- ney fees. Since December, Colliers has worked with the School Department to get the ball rolling on this expedited project, which will need to expand and renovate McCabe Elementary in time to accept students relocated from the closed Winsor Elementary School by the end of the 2021 school year. Colliers helped the School Committee in drafting a request for proposals for a project manager and architectural design services, and recommended hiring DBVW during school April vacation to get a start on the site review. The council hired DBVW Architects for design services at $2.54 million. DBVW will provide architectural, structural, and civil engineering ser- vices as well as educational planning peer review, cost estimating, acoustical studies, site surveys and drawings. DBVW was chosen from eight respondents for its experience design- ing and renovating schools, includ- ing Davies in Lincoln, Wilbur and McMahon School in Little Compton, and the Sophia Academy and Moses Brown Jones Library in Providence. To ensure a timely closure of Winsor Elementary, Colliers recommended design services for McCabe School to be completed by the end of December, and LaPerche and Old County Road Elementary Schools by December of next year. With these two companies leading the charge, "the next four years will prove to be an exciting time for the Smithfield School District," said Holly Demers, project manager with Colliers. School Committee attorney Ben Scungio helped in contract negotia- tions, charging the town $1,094 to draft agreements for each firm. The two bid approvals and attorney fees are the beginning of bond spend- ing for the project, and the council authorized Town Manager Randy Rossi to approve school bond expen- ditures in an amount not to exceed $20,000. Rossi said the council and the town will get regular updates on the proj- ect as well as quarterly expenditure reports to stay informed on project spending. "As the process continues there will be ancillary expenditures such as legal services for the review of contract and bid documents taking place," Rossi wrote in a memo to the council. He said allowing the town adminis- tration to process payments will save time and keep the project moving. ELEMENTARY From Page One Ponaganset hosts 3rd annual Clambake SCITUATE – Ponaganset High School, 137 Anan Wade Road, will host its 3rd annual Old Fashioned New England Clambake on Friday, May 17, at 6:30 p.m. Tickets are $30 per person, and must be purchased in advance by May 1. The menu will include all- you-can-eat soft shell clams, cod fish, red bliss potatoes, sweet potatoes, sweet onions, corn on the cob, hot dogs, sausage, traditional quahog dressing and watermelon. Proceeds will be used to support Wreaths Across America program- ming. 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