New Wilmington Senior Center One Step Closer To Reality: Town To Hire OPM Soon, Architect Next, For Feasibility Study & Design

WILMINGTON, MA — At last week’s Board of Selectmen Meeting, Town Manager Jeff Hull provided an update on the next step in the process to build a new Senior Center in Wilmington.

“A Request for Qualifications (RFQ) was advertised seeking the services of an Owner’s Project Manager (POM) for a new senior center,” said Hull in a memo. “The OPM serves as the Town’s representative interacting with architects, engineers, and other contractors during the design, construction or renovation of public buildings valued in excess of $1.5 million. Once hired, the OPM will first work with the Town to procure the services of an architect to work with the Town to complete a feasibility study and schematic design for the facility.”

Hull noted that Annual Town Meeting authorized $650,000 from free cash to complete the study and design.

“Once the work is complete, the expectation is to return to a subsequent Town Meeting to seek funding for final design and construction,” said Hull.

Hull revealed that 14 proposals were received before the August 27 deadline. The proposals have been distributed to members of the Permanent Building Committee, Elderly Services Director Terri Marciello, Selectmen representative Greg Bendel, and Finance Committee representative Theresa Manganelli.

This group is going meet this week via Zoom to rate each proposal and develop a “short list” of firms to interview. The actual interviews with firms will take place via Zoom during the week of September 28. These group meetings will be open to the public attend.

“The committee will then present a recommendation to me by order of preference,” said Hull. “I will meet with the top rated firm to negotiate a ‘fixed fee’ for their services.”

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