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Hingham Middle School Groundbreaking Ceremony Images (Photos by Maryellen Jones) (June 22, 2012)

Text from Raymond C. Estes' speech at Hingham Middle School Groundbreaking Ceremony (June 22, 2012)

Renderings of the proposed Hingham Middle School

Final Phase 1 Budget November 4, 2011 (PDF)

Phase 1 Cost Estimates September 6, 2011 (PDF)


School Building Committee Update

The School Building Committee welcomed 2012 continuing its efforts to finalize architectural and engineering design development and to begin the permitting process. A group presentation to the Planning Board, Conservation Commission and Board of Health on January 23, 2012 began approximately two months of public hearings before the three boards resulting in the issuance of formal approvals following a thorough review of all relevant project elements.

Cost estimates were commissioned at the 60% and 90% design thresholds projecting costs at approximately $240,000 below the approved budget submitted to the MSBA. With design 100% complete and construction specification documents generated at the beginning of April, the formal bidding process began with high hopes for a friendly bidding climate. Sub-trade bids were opened on April 25, 2012 with more than 90 subcontractors pre-qualified in various trades such as electrical, plumbing, masonry and many others. Seven general contractors were pre-qualified with five bidding to be awarded the job as the lowest eligible and qualified bidder. GC bid opening on May 10, 2012 resulted in the formal contract award to Brait Builders Corporation of Marshfield at more than $2.2 million under budget. An ecstatic Committee happily shared the news with the community and quickly turned its focus to logistics to begin contractor mobilization and a groundbreaking ceremony in June.

The project remains on schedule with substantial completion anticipated in May 2014 and occupation of the new school that September. Site work will continue throughout the ensuing fall, winter and spring including demolition of the existing middle school and development of athletic fields and accompanying landscaping expected to be completed in May 2015.

The School Building Committee will continue to meet regularly and welcomes public attendance and input. Community participation and inquiry are enthusiastically encouraged. Detailed meeting minutes will continue to be promptly posted on this site. Stay tuned for further project updates and details.

School Building Committee Members:

Raymond C. Estes, Chair
Timothy R. Collins, Vice Chair
Sandra Cleary, Secretary
Samantha Anderson
Peter Bradley
Robert Bucey
Stefan Vogelmann

2012 Annual Report

Following successful votes at the Special Town Meeting and ballot box in late October 2011, the School Building Committee welcomed 2012 continuing its efforts to finalize architectural and engineering design development and to begin the permitting process for the new Hingham Middle School. A group presentation to the Planning Board, Conservation Commission and Board of Health on January 23, 2012 began approximately two months of public hearings before the three boards, which resulted in the issuance of formal approvals following a thorough review of all relevant project elements.

Cost estimates were commissioned at the 60% and 90% design thresholds projecting costs at approximately $240,000 below the approved budget submitted to the Massachusetts School Building Authority ("MSBA") in September 2011. With design 100% complete and construction specification documents generated at the beginning of April, the formal bidding process began with hopes for a friendly bidding climate. Sub-trade bids were opened on April 25, 2012 with more than 90 subcontractors pre-qualified in various trades such as electrical, plumbing, masonry and many others. Seven general contractors were pre-qualified with five eventually bidding to be awarded the job as the lowest eligible and qualified bidder. GC bid opening on May 10, 2012 resulted in the formal contract award to Brait Builders Corporation of Marshfield at nearly $2.5 million under budget with total project costs now anticipated to be $58,414,481. The total grant expected from the MSBA is $24,803,526 representing 43.87% of eligible project costs. As a result, the anticipated net cost to Hingham taxpayers was reduced to $33,610,955. The Committee enthusiastically shared the good news with the community and immediately turned its focus to logistics to begin contractor mobilization and held a groundbreaking ceremony in June.

Summer 2012 saw the installation of utilities and drainage infrastructure and the commencement of site work including initial site preparation and the provision of temporary parking. Foundation work progressed well through July and August leading to steel erection beginning in October. Several fall storms, including Hurricane Sandy, proved challenging to the construction schedule and Brait Builders responded by increasing their efforts in order to keep pace. As 2012 came to a close, steel erection was scheduled for completion by mid-February 2013 with a "topping off" ceremony being planned. Slab on grade installation as well as under slab electrical and plumbing work was advancing well with the expectation of completion in the near term. Weekly construction progress meetings continue to allow the project management team to keep a close eye on the quality of the work, schedule and costs incurred, as well as to ensure the ongoing safety of school faculty and students and the minimization of distraction and interference with the business of learning.

The new Hingham Middle School will incorporate high-performance and quality design, cost-efficient construction, the inclusion of green, energy-efficient and sustainable features, and up-to-date technology and operating systems that will yield ease of use and maintenance. Most importantly, it will provide well for the educational needs of Hingham middle school students, maintaining Hingham's long-standing tradition of excellence for generations to come. The construction schedule continues to project substantial completion of the building in May 2014 and occupancy by students, teachers and staff for the 2014-2015 school year. Demolition of the existing middle school and completion of site work, including new athletic fields, parking and circulation improvements, are scheduled to be completed by late spring 2015.

The School Building Committee continues to be grateful for the cooperation and support of various town and state officials, as well as the collaborative efforts of all involved in the project. We remain ever-committed to complete this project on time and on or under budget and look forward to welcoming students to the new Hingham Middle School in September 2014.

Raymond C. Estes, Chairman
Timothy R. Collins, Vice-Chairman
Sandra Cleary, Secretary
Samantha Anderson
Peter Bradley
Robert Bucey
Stefan Vogelmann