Building Committee For New Town Hall & School Admin Building Gets To Work

WILMINGTON, MA — At the last Wilmington Board of Selectmen Meeting, Town Manager Jeff Hull provided an update on the town’s recently formed Town Hall/School Administration Building Committee.

“Article 15 at the June 27, 2020 Annual Town Meeting authorized the expenditure of $955,000 from free cash to complete a feasibility and schematic design study for a new Town Hall/School Administration Building,” wrote Hull in a memo to Selectmen. “The first step in this process is the selection of an Owners Project Manager (OPM). The role of the OPM is to serve as the Town’s representative through a feasibility study and schematic design. Potentially the OPM will also serve through the final design, construction and project close-out.”

“The first major task for the OPM will be working with the Town to hire an architect/designer to assist with determining the most suitable site, to develop a schematic design of the building and to prepare an estimated cost for construction,” continued Hull. “This information will be used to seek funding at a future Town Meeting to pay for the cost of final design and construction.”

A Request For Qualifications (RFQ) for an OPM firm was advertised in multiple venues, including the Center Register and Designers Register, beginning October 28, 2020. RFQ proposals were due to Town Hall by November 19, 2020.

A committee has been formed — the Town Hall/School Administration Building Committee — to review each proposal, create a “short list” of firms, interview those firms via Zoom, rank the firms on the “short list,” and make a recommendation to the Town Manager. The Town Manager will then ultimately select the firm and negotiate a contract.

The Committee consists of the town’s 5-member Permanent Building Committee (George Hooper, Diane Allan, Paul Melaragni, Jack Hallaway, and Michael Tkachuk); Selectmen designee Kevin Caira; School Committee designee Steve Bjork; Finance Committee designee John Doherty; and Assistant Superintendent of Administration & Finance Paul Ruggiero.

The Committee will likely hold its first meeting in mid-December (December 14-16) to establish its “short list” and schedule interviews with selected firms.

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