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School District prepares for Kingswood site plan review

Seven N.H. construction firms approved for bidding list

August 06, 2009
WOLFEBORO — The Governor Wentworth Regional School District Building and Maintenance Committee has continued to meet regularly throughout the summer weeks in an effort to move forward on the planning of the Kingswood Complex renovation and expansion project that was passed by district voters this past March.

The committee is currently involved in Phase One of the project, which entails all work to be done east of McManus Road on the Kingswood campus. This includes the multipurpose building, parking lots and the athletic fields. Phase Two planning, anticipated to begin shortly, will include all site work west of McManus Road, which involves renovations and additions to the existing middle school, high school and the vocational center buildings.

The committee expects to put construction of the multipurpose building out to bid as early as this September with the goal of completion in one year's time. If all goes well, Phase Two will go out to bid next spring with an anticipated completion date of September 2012. The committee, architects and administration will continue to make headway throughout the upcoming school year, with public input appreciated at every step. Public hearings will be posted.

At a July 22 meeting, following a presentation by Al Corzilius of CMK Architects of applicants for the qualified contractor bidding list, the committee had a chance to review and discuss the qualifications of 24 applicants. In the end, the committee approved nine firms for the bidding list, seven of which were from New Hampshire. Qualified bidders were: Conneston Construction of Gilford, Trumbull-Nelson Contruction of Hanover, Bauen Corp. of Meredith, Harvey Contruction Corp. of Bedford, Hutten Construction Corp. of New Ipswich, North Branch Contruction of Concord, Eckman Construction of Bedford, Engelberth Construction of Colchester, Vt., and DEW Contruction of Williston, Vt.

In addition, the Building and Maintenance Committee weighed in on many of the possible features of Phase One of the project. In a discussion concerning the athletic fields' artificial turf was brought up as a reasonable alternative to grass. Though considered "an expensive process" there are several advantages over maintaining grass fields. Some of the advantages mentioned were; no chemical treatments needed, "can be used when weather prohibits the use of a grass field," and no recovery time (for grass to grow back) required. When questioned about the wear and tear on the turf it was mentioned that replacement of the carpet surface would be necessary only after approximately 10 to 12 years of use.

The board discussed bleacher options that would seat up to 1,000 people and "include concessions and storage space under the stands and a press-box at the top." Dugouts for both Title IX baseball and softball fields were recommended to be set "at ground level" and not below. In the matter of drainage it was mentioned that in order to meet requirements, pervious pavement would be used in all parking areas.

Test borings for the new structure found no ledge but also "determined that the soil is not a good quality for supporting foundations" due to the initial development of the property in the 1960s, which required a lot of fill. Further testing is needed to determine "the scope of the problem." This could be a costly endeavor requiring the removal of a lot of material and bringing in more stable soil.

Inside the multipurpose building, the auditorium will house seating for 1,030 people, including 850 permanent seats, 10 of which will be designated handicapped spaces, and 180 removable chairs in both the middle aisle and very back of the room. Air conditioning needs and stage options were also discussed.

A site plan will be presented to the Wolfeboro Planning Board on Tuesday, Aug. 4, for its review. A report on that presentation will follow next week.

The Building and Maintenance Committee will be meeting again on Wednesday, Aug. 12, at 4 p.m. at the SAU office.

Heather Terragni can be reached at 569-3126 or hterragni@salmonpress.com

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