After repeated public assurances from its construction manager that the new Mount Greylock Regional School will be ready for the Sept. 6 opening of school, the district Friday informed staff and families that the building failed Thursday in its second attempt to obtain a temporary certificate of occupancy.
Meanwhile, the town of Williamstown has notified the district that the project has run up more than $300,000 in permitting fees already, and with the major part of construction coming to an end, the town has asked the district to settle its accounts.
Demolition is well underway at the Cold Spring Road campus, where Holyoke's American Environmental has taken the lead on tearing down the two classroom wings that have been replaced by a three-story addition as part of the school district's $64 million building project.
Committee members gave the district's construction team a deadline of June 5, the committee's next scheduled meeting, to come with a recommendation and a realistic assessment of any potential issues that could jeopardize the availability of the school's new spaces on or about Sept. 1.
Committee members offered some additional feedback about the orientation of the planned pre-fab building, but most of the discussion centered around the cost and, specifically, how to bring it in line with plan to leave $1.5 million in a building endowment.
That motion failed on a vote of 4-4, with Cohen joined by Steven Wentworth, Jesse Wirtes and Al Terranova. Hugh Daley, Mark Schiek, Paula Consolini and Principal Mary MacDonald, a voting member of the committee, voted against the change.
Mike Giso of Turner Construction addressed a joint meeting of the school district's Transition Committee and the Mount Greylock School Building Committee to explain the revised phasing plan for the building project.
For months, the School Building Committee and the Mount Greylock Regional School Committee have been considering whether to include the parking lot in the ongoing addition/renovation project at Mount Greylock.
The district's School Building Committee on Tuesday learned that the construction schedule is being adjusted to reflect the reality that the building will not be ready for occupancy during April recess, as planners originally hoped.
On Thursday, the building committee approved $117,000 worth of change orders, including about $80,000 for a change to the roof of the renovated gymnasium.
Those and previously approved changes bring the contingency line down to about $1.86 million.
It is still eight months before the first classes are held in the renovated Mount Greylock Regional School.
But the members of the School Committee and School Building Committee who got a sneak peek on Thursday had no trouble picturing what those classrooms will look like.
The Mount Greylock School Committee on Wednesday approved the guaranteed maximum price for the district's addition/renovation project.
As recommended by the School Building Committee at its July 13 meeting, the GMP is $52.3 million — a little less than the construction line item carried in the overall project budget.
The Selectmen are opposing adding a parking lot and amphitheater to the Mount Greylock building project.
The Mount Greylock Building Committee says the project been trending under budget, with both bids and interest rates coming in low. The committee is considering using some of that expected savings on both a parking lot renovation and the construction of an outdoor amphitheater, two projects which had previously been pulled from the project to trim the budget.
Members of the Mount Greylock Regional School Building Committee again counseled cautious optimism on Thursday about the positive numbers it is seeing as the project continues to be bid.
The district's owner's project manager reported that as of now, the construction budget is running about half-million dollars below the budget agreed to with the Massachusetts School Building Authority.
The chairman of the district's School Building Committee reported that because of cost savings realized to date in the $65 million addition/renovation project, he is hopeful that the building project will be able to add a badly needed parking lot resurfacing project back into the project.
As the three-story academic wing at Mount Greylock Regional School began to take shape this week, the budget for the renovation and addition project continued to take shape on Tuesday evening.
The School Building Committee voted unanimously to award $14.6 million in contracts — about 23 percent of the total $65 million building project budget.
The Mount Greylock Regional School Building Committee recently agreed to hire a consultant to help purchase furniture, equipment and technology for the new academic wing and to use an umbrella insurance policy to cover all work during the project's remaining two years.
The committee voted 8-0-1 to accept a proposal from Point Line Space of Carlisle to manage the procurement and installation of furniture and technology for a cost of $70,400.
It was all smiles and laughter at Friday's ceremonial groundbreaking for the renovation and addition at Mount Greylock Regional School.
But it was worth remembering the sometimes bumpy road that brought the district to what School Building Committee Chairman Mark Schiek characterized as, "one big milestone on the project path we're on together."
The Mount Greylock Regional School building project is on track to hit a couple of milestones this week.
On Monday, the School Committee will float $30 million worth of bonds to pay for the renovation and expansion of the junior-senior high school.