Below is an update from Wilmington Elderly Services Director Terri Marciello, published in the Senior Center’s latest Buzzell Buzz newsletter:
During the 2020 Annual Town Meeting, two feasibility studies were approved by voters. One was to design a new Senior Center and the other was to design a new Town Hall/School Administration Building. For the Senior Center project, a Senior Center Building Committee was formed consisting of members of the Permanent Building Committee, Board of Selectmen (Greg Bendel), Finance Committee (Theresa Manganelli) and Terri Marciello, Director of Elderly Services.
The Committee’s first task was selecting an Owner’s Project Manager (OPM). State law requires a town to hire an OPM for any public building that exceeds $1.5 million. Following a selection process, the Committee selected P3 as the OPM for this project. The OPM will assist the Committee in overseeing the architect and contractor.
The OPM assisted the Committee in going through a designer selection process to hire an architect for the project. Following a review of submissions from 13 architects and interviews with four finalists, the Committee selected Dietz and Company as the project architect. A public meeting between the Committee, the OPM and the Architects was held on 06/17/21 at the Town Hall to discuss preliminary reviews of the four possible sites for the new Senior Center and proposed room sizes required to meet Senior Center needs for program activities, utilities and administration office space. Several senior citizens from the town attended as well. The Committee was pleased to have seniors in attendance and is looking forward to senior participation at future meetings.
The architects will be using various criteria to evaluate four sites to determine the pros and cons of each site so that a consensus can be reached on the most appropriate site. The four sites are the Town Hall site, the former Whitefield School property, the open space adjacent to St Dorothy’s Church and the site of the former Swain School.
The architects have asked the Committee to review whether the proposed room sizes meet the needs of the town’s senior population and to adjust as needed.
The next activity will be a tour scheduled for the Committee to visit one or more of the Senior Centers designed and built by Dietz and Company. A site visit is being planned for early July. The date for the Committee’s July meeting has not yet been set.
Additional information will be provided in subsequent newsletters. The Committee is reaching out to WCTV to have future meetings taped for viewing by the public. We will provide notice of upcoming meetings on the Wilmington Apple, the Patch and on the Senior Center Facebook page and Twitter.
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