Miller-Driscoll: With contracts signed, phasing made stable

Now that all 22 trade contracts for the Miller-Driscoll School project have been executed, construction manager Turner Construction’s phasing plan for the renovation is less subject to change.
At the Miller-Driscoll Building Committee’s Dec. 8 meeting, Turner’s senior project manager for the Miller-Driscoll renovation, Michael Douyard, presented a tentative timeline of the work to be done.
According to Douyard, clearing and grubbing of the site started Dec. 8, and construction zone fences will be erected the week of the 14th.
“Enabling work for the demolition,” like mechanical, electrical and plumbing abatement and the installation of separation partitions, “is going to be ongoing,” Douyard said.
“We’ve [already] done a lot of research inside, looking for pipes and shutoffs and valves,” he said.
Over the Dec. 19 weekend, on Saturday and Sunday, a “little bit” of abatement is scheduled for the purpose of cutting, capping and making safe the school’s mechanical piping.
Turner plans for the separation walls between the to-be-demolished “peach core” portion of the school and the rest of the building to go up the same week as the job site fences.
Students and teachers who will have to relocate to portable classrooms are moving into their modules on that Monday, Dec. 14.
At the time of the meeting, the construction manager was still in the process of procuring bids for material testing, but Douyard explained that Turner expected the laboratories’ offers by “tomorrow,” Dec. 9.
“There are five labs that have said they are going to respond,” Douyard said. “We’ll have something for the next meeting to present and recommend for approval.”
At this time, the abatement contractor PCB (polychlorinated biphenyl) removal plan has been submitted to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) for review, and Turner Construction has requested the agency’s approval by Dec. 28, the day demolition work is slated to begin.
When asked by committee member Glenn Hemmerle, “Is there a possibility of you getting hung up waiting for that approval?” Douyard replied, “We don’t think so at this point in time, [though] there is probability for everything.”
If the EPA were to miss that deadline, however, Douyard said, “whatever we can’t do during this vacation we’ll have to try to do during another vacation or over a long weekend,” as PCB abatement is hazardous and cannot be performed while school is in session.
The separation of the peach core from the building is still phased for Christmas break, when Turner’s demolition contractor will “get as much of the building down as possible,” “That cleanup will continue, probably, through the first two weeks, three weeks of January,” said Douyard, “and at the same time we’ll start doing some foundations for the new addition and putting the new building up.”
Financially speaking, the project costs remains “well under budget,” Douyard said.
As it stands, according to the Miller- Driscoll Building Committee’s monthly status report published Dec. 1, the committee has encumbered, expensed and committed $34,808,283 of the hard and soft cost budgets without dipping into the $3,461,000 contingency fund.
Vendor bids came in under budget by $5,277,550, minimum estimated state reimbursement for the project is projected at $6,809,523, and the building committee estimates a total cost of $37,934,977 to the taxpayer. That’s $12,087,023 below the project’s original price tag of $50,022,000.
The estimated completion date for the Miller-Driscoll School project is Feb. 9, 2018.