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NEW NATICK HIGH SCHOOL BUILDING UPDATE
October 3, 2012


Welcome to the bulletin covering the New Natick High School Building project. This bulletin is a publication of the School Department and the Natick School Committee. We hope you will find these quick updates useful and informative.

What's Going On Now?

See "construction Layout" plan in left margin for orientation to work progress.
 

The new Natick High School has opened. The building has opened seamlessly and education has started in the most technologically advanced school building yet to be built in Natick.

The final touch-ups are being done after school and on weekends as not to disturb school. These include the completion of the fiberglass trim at the entrances and cafeteria, painting, gym bleachers and a lot of small projects that could not be finished before school started.  The 300 KWH rooftop solar power generation system should be finished by the end of October and sometime in November solar power will begin to flow.

As everyone knows the contractor completed the entire new parking area before the first day of school. The landscaping and lights are complete. The installation of the playing fields and tennis courts are underway. If the weather holds, the entire project could be finished before the end of the year. That would be approximately 6 months ahead of schedule.

It is a pleasure to say Natick's design and construction team and Brait Builders completed this building on schedule and under budget. The School Committee and the Building Committee are still at work to complete the entire project and start on the close-out phase with the MSBA.


People have asked what the total size of the new Natick High School?  It is 254,892 square feet.

How Can I Learn More???

Notes and comments* "Construction Layout"  Has been added to the left to assist in orientation.

Due to limited space on the website we can only post the "Executive Summary"  of the OPM Monthly Project Reports. Copies of the full Monthly Reports is available for review at the School Department offices.


This site contains a list of proposed green features, history of the project, site selection considerations, and a great deal more. Every School Committee meeting features a detailed update of the project and the public is welcome to attend.  The Natick High School Building Committee which supervises schedule, cost and construction of the project also holds public meetings, posted on this website and soon on the the towns:

Public Meeting Calendar
 



The New Natick High School building is complete.

 

 

Bidding History

The bid was awarded to Brait Builders Corp in September, 2010.  On September 1st Natick Public Schools received 4 bids from pre-qualified general contractor. With all alternates included the prices were:

Brait Builders Corp.     $61,641,700

Fountaine Bros.             $66,965,000

J & J Contractors           $67,647,000

Bacon Construction        $68,238,700

The lowest bid will save Natick a substantial amount versus the cost estimates.

Accomplishments to-date:

Completed Statement of Interest
Identified vision of educational needs for next 20 years
Selected by the Massachusetts School Building Authority (MSBA) to perform a Feasibility Study of the high school.
Selected a Building Committee
R.F. Walsh Owners project manager, has completed the feasibility study which shows the value of new Construction vs.renovation
Ranked the model school architects under consideration
Negotiate a contract with the selected architect
Schematic design of building or select model school
Get funding agreement with MSBA
Complete design of new school
Pre-qualify sub and general contractors
Completed the bidding process
Award contract

Next steps:
Build new 254,000 square foot high school
 

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