Middle School Construction Begins Next Month, Project Update Scheduled March 23
PORTSMOUTH – With construction scheduled to begin next month on the new Portsmouth Middle School Project, the Joint Building Committee will host a March 23 information session to update the public about a number of topics, including the Construction Management Plan for safety, traffic, parking and noise.
The meeting begins at 7 p.m. in the Library’s Levenson Room. The public is invited to preview the design of the $37.5 million project with the architects, learn about the three phases of construction, hear about the Construction Management Plan for Phase 1 beginning next month, and ask questions about the project.
“We encourage everyone to attend this meeting to learn the latest details about this exciting project,” said Joint Building Committee Co-Chair Dexter Legg. “This is a complex project that requires careful planning to ensure the safety of students, faculty, visitors and neighbors, and to provide for parking, traffic management and other controls during construction. We are working hard to make sure everyone is informed about what to expect during construction.”
The Middle School Building Project web site is updated regularly, as well.
The Middle School reconstruction and renovation will add approximately 30,000 square feet to the current footprint of the 80-year-old Middle School on Parrot Avenue. Construction is scheduled to begin next month and be completed by the opening of school in fall 2013. The goal is to create a “High Performance” school that is environmentally sensitive and energy-efficient while preserving the historic elements of the current building.
The first phase of construction will involve building a new wing, followed by renovation of the 1930s portion of the facility, and then demolition of the 1970s addition.
The approved Middle School design was developed by Connecticut-based JCJ Architects’ Jim LaPosta and Doug Roberts, and associate architect Lisa DeStefano of locally based DeStefano Architects. Gilbane Building Company is providing construction management services.
The nine-member Joint Building Committee is comprised of members of the City Council, School Board and local residents, and includes four additional ex-officio members from the City and School Departments.
The meeting will be recorded and broadcast later on Cable Channel 22, and also will be available for Internet viewing anytime from the “Webcast Archives” section of www.cityofportsmouth.com.
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