HOLDEN, Mass. — The Mountview School Building Committee continues to move forward with the potential middle school construction project, and has whittled down its options to a renovation and addition, or building new on either the existing site or on a new location.
According to Vice Chairman David White, every major system in the current middle school is "near, at or beyond its serviceable life," including the HVAC and plumbing, electrical systems, and roof and building envelope.
While White emphasized that people shouldn't be panic-stricken about the safety and environmental hazards in the old building, as it is "sustainable for the time being," he also stressed the needs to move forward with upgrades.
"This project offers the most cost-effective opportunity to deal with this liability," he said.
Because the Massachusetts School Building Authority potentially cost-sharing 50 to 54 percent of the project with Holden, it requires that the project conform to their strict guidelines, reflects and supports the educational program practices of the school district, and produces a 50-year building.
At its meeting on July 24, the committee reviewed preliminary construction cost estimates for the various options, which had a minimum renovation at $733,243, moderate renovation at $10,126,913, a renovation and addition at $39,518,682, new construction on the existing site at $47,929,966, and new construction on a new site at $47,724,822.
Because they would not achieve the educational standard of the district or the Massachusetts School Building Authority, the committee voted to eliminate the minimum renovation and moderate renovation options from future consideration.
At 7 p.m. on Aug. 28, there will be a public hearing at Mountview to discuss data, findings, and recommendations of the Preliminary Design Program and prepare for the next phase in the the feasibility study.
Local committees and representatives have been invited to discuss the status of the Preliminary Schematic Report and the various options being considered.
At the Sept. 4 meeting, the committee will decide which of the three remaining options will be submitted to the state in the PSR. The project will not move forward unless the MSBA agrees with Holden's preferred solution.