Senior Center Building Project

Informational Meetings on the Proposed New Senior Center Project

Saturday, February 1710:00 amTown Hall
Tuesday, February 203:00 pmSenior Center
Wednesday, February 216:00 pmTown Hall
Thursday, February 223:00 pmAngell Brook
Thursday February 226:00 pmBeaman Library
Friday, February 233:00 pmHillside Village
Saturday, February 2410:00 amPolice Station

Special Town Meeting: Wednesday, February 28, 2018

Note the change of date! (Previously scheduled for the 26th)
The bid information will be presented at a special town meeting scheduled for February 28, 2018 where a vote for a debt exclusion will be taken. 

Special Town Election: February 27, 2018

If the debt exclusion passes at the town meeting, a town election on the question will be held on February 27.  (Absentee ballots are available for voters who will be out of town.)

January 2018 Update

  1. What is the current status? The plans, specifications, Control Construction Affidavits, Reports and CD were all delivered to the Building Department. Permit was received under 2017 Building Code. Although, one major issue was addressed, and that was whether we should install lightning protection. We had installed them at the police station, largely to protect all the electronics that could be “fried” if the station were hit. The initial thought seemed to be that it might not be needed protection at the senior center. That is, only until one of the FISP committee members who lives near the senior center site told us about how his house has been hit by lightning, not once, but twice!  That made the decision rather easy.  The vote was unanimous to include lightning protection for the senior center.Previously mentioned, the OPM (owner’s project manager) we had on the police station project was going to continue on the senior center project, but he is no longer with the company with whom we have a contract.  There is a clause in our contract with that company, however, that if this should occur (lose our OPM), we can invite other companies to respond to an RFQ (request for quotation) to replace that company, and in doing so, open up our choices of  OPMs.  The committee voted exercise that option and invite the construction trades to submit an RFQ to provide an OPM.
  2. Are we on budget? Yes, the project cost to date have been in line look to be lower than original project estimates.
  3. Are we on time? Bid documents have been completed and we are waiting for quotes. Bids are to be opened February 14, 2018.
  4. Are we on spec? Specifications are complete.
  5. What is the expected status as of February 28, 2018 ? The dates, times and locations of the Informational Sessions were finalized: This is a great opportunity to obtain detailed information on the upcoming Special Town meeting article February 26th on building a new senior center.

December 2017 Update

  1. What is the current status? The plans, specifications, Control Construction Affidavits, Reports and CD were all delivered to the Building Department.
  2. Are we on budget? Yes, the project cost to date have been in line with the project estimates.
  3. Are we on time? Bid documents completed by December 31, 2017.
  4. Are we on spec? Specifications are being development based on the exterior materials successfully used at the Police Station.
  5. What is the expected status as of January 31? Informational meetings to present the bid outcomes will be determined and posted.

November 2017 Update

  1. What is the current status? When we chose to build on the Prescott Street site, we assumed that the utilities were in place, they are, but they are lacking to properly serve the needs of the senior center.
    1. Fiberoptic cable will be brought up Prescott Street and afford access to the town’s telecommunications network, as well as providing up-to-date internet connectivity. 
    2. Again, looking ahead, FISP opted to extend three-phase (3P) electrical service up Prescott St. to the site.  We’ll be able to cut back on the number of HVAC air-handlers, and purchase more efficient commercial appliances.  Efficiency today, and cost savings for the future! The architect has supplied plans and specifications to the FISP.  A full copy is available at the Senior Center. 
  2. Are we on budget? Yes, the project cost to date have been in line with the project estimates.
  3. Are we on time? Yes, the design is moving forward to bid by the end of the year.
  4. Are we on spec? Specifications are being developed based the exterior materials successfully used in the Police Station.
  5. What is the expected status as of December 30? Design bid documents should be 100% complete. All utilities should be coordinated with Town departments. The project will be in the process of local permitting with planning, conservation, and any related ZBA issues.

October 2017 Update

View the proposed floor layout and elevations.

View photos of the site on Prescott Street.

  1. What is the current status? The architect has supplied plans and specifications to the FISP.  A full copy is available at the Senior Center.  Kitchen equipment and ideas are being discussed.  Soil testing, ledge location and water flow supply tests are being conducted.
  2. Are we on budget? Yes, the project cost to date have been in line with the project estimates. No negative impacts have been identified.
  3. Are we on time? Yes, the design is moving forward to bid by the end of the year.
  4. Are we on spec? Specifications are being developed based the exterior materials successfully used in the Police Station.
  5. What is the expected status as of November 30? Design bid documents should be 75% complete. All utilities should be coordinated with Town depts. the project will be in the process of local permitting with planning, conservation, and any related ZBA issues.

July 20, 2017 Update

Owner's Project Manager

Cardinal Construction, Inc. of Worcester MA has been chosen as the Owner's Project Manager (OPM) for this project.  Tony DiLuzio from Cardinal Construction has been acting as the OPM for our Police Station project and we are pleased that Mr. DiLuzio will be working on the Senior Center project as well. 

The Commonwealth of Massachusetts requires the appointment of an Owner's Project Manager on all public building projects of this size.  The OPM acts as the town's agent and consultant from design through completion and must be independent from the designer, general contractor and any sub-contractors.

Architect

Caolo & Bieniek Associates, Inc. (CBA) of Chicopee MA has been chosen as the architect for the design of the senior center building.  This firm's design team includes architect John MacMillan who was the architect used for the design of the police station building. He has since joined CBA, and we feel confident he will bring that same cost effective design to the senior center project as well. 


Voters' Support

We would like to thank the voters of West Boylston for supporting this project!  

At the May 15,2017 Town Meeting, voters approved Article 4 which appropriated $1.1 million to cover the cost of full engineering and design of the new Senior Center facility, though the bidding, owner's project management costs and a portion of construction costs.  This approval was subject to approval by the voters of a ballot question to exclude this amount for this project only from the provisions of Proposition 2 1/2.  This question was on the June 6, 2017 Annual Town Election ballot and was approved.


Frequently Asked Questions

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Public Information Sessions on the Proposed Senior Center

The Town Administrator scheduled several public information sessions on the proposed project.  These sessions were held prior to the May 2017 Town Meeting.  
View the Presentation here!

The May 10, 2017 meeting of the Facilities Implementation & Planning Committee included the presentation. You can view a recording of this meeting on our YouTube channel.


Responses to the RFQ for Designer Services for a Senior Center Building

On November 2, 2016, the Board of Selectmen signed a contract with Caitlin + Petrovick Architects, PC of Keene, NH.