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GHS parking lot closes for construction

  • Recorder/Paul Franz<br/>Orange barrels line the new bus turn around that will drop students at the new main entrance on the north side facing Silver St that will be the access point to the school when construction starts in the parking lot.

    Recorder/Paul Franz
    Orange barrels line the new bus turn around that will drop students at the new main entrance on the north side facing Silver St that will be the access point to the school when construction starts in the parking lot.

  • Recorder/Paul Franz<br/>Orange barrels line the new bus turn around that will drop students at the new main entrance on the north side facing Silver St that will be the access point to the school when construction starts in the parking lot.

    Recorder/Paul Franz
    Orange barrels line the new bus turn around that will drop students at the new main entrance on the north side facing Silver St that will be the access point to the school when construction starts in the parking lot.

  • Recorder/Paul Franz<br/>Orange barrels line the new bus turn around that will drop students at the new main entrance on the north side facing Silver St that will be the access point to the school when construction starts in the parking lot.
  • Recorder/Paul Franz<br/>Orange barrels line the new bus turn around that will drop students at the new main entrance on the north side facing Silver St that will be the access point to the school when construction starts in the parking lot.

GREENFIELD — The Greenfield High School construction project will feel a lot more real come Monday when the parking lot shuts down and foot traffic is directed to a temporary entrance at the north of the building. Then, hours later, officials will gather in front of the school to ceremonially break ground on the project.

Principal Donna Woodcock said that parents have been told by both an automated phone message and mailed letter that they’ll need to make alternate arrangements for dropping off and picking up their students, beginning Monday. They no longer will have direct access to the school entrance.

School officials are suggesting that parents drop their students at points along Silver Street, such as Barr Avenue or Summer Street. Students can cross Silver Street at a crosswalk across from Kent Avenue, said Woodcock. The Greenfield Police Department has been contacted and indicated that they will assist this week, she said.

“We’re going to work on this. I’m sure we’ll have to do some tweaking,” said Woodcock. “(We’ll) see how the traffic flow goes and make some adjustments. People are accustomed to their traveling patterns, so I think it’s just re-educating and getting people to develop a new habit.”

Buses will turn from Silver Street onto Lenox Avenue (now a one-way) and turn left down a gravel path to Kent Avenue, where they will drop off students. Everyone will enter the school using the temporary entrance there, which faces Silver Street and displaces the former faculty cafeteria.

Vehicular entry to the school will essentially be restricted to Kent Avenue, which will also provide access to a temporary parking lot (to the north and east of the building) for visitors and staff.

Students will not be allowed to drive to school during the course of construction. Woodcock said she advised the 24 students who have parking permits to find public parking along side streets or at the Davis Street tennis courts.

Barr Avenue will be open intermittently during the course of the next year, said Project Manager Jim Byrne. Construction crews will leave a few parking spaces near the skating rink.

With construction under way, Byrne said there will now be weekly on-site progress meetings between him, Dore and Whittier architects, Shawmut Design and Construction and school officials.

He has hired Jeffrey Dome, of the Shelburne Falls firm Dome Design/Build, as his clerk of the works — the person responsible for checking and ensuring quality during all phases of construction.

Shawmut will secure the area around the parking lot and then spend the summer and following school year constructing half of the new high school, he said.

The other half, incorporating the current auditorium, will come later and will rest on the space occupied by the present high school.

Groundbreaking this Monday

Town officials will gather in front of the high school, Monday at 11 a.m., for a groundbreaking. The public is welcome.

“It is never an easy task to take on the challenge of large municipal construction projects, and clearly, waiting for another day is often the chosen route,” said Mayor William Martin, in a prepared statement. “But the leaders and voters of Greenfield have provided the courage and authorization to assume the responsibility to meet the challenge head-on.”

Lead architect Lee Dore said, in the statement, that the start of construction marks the end of many years of planning.

“This project has successfully balanced the incorporation of state-of-the-art 21st century learning environments, energy efficiency, future flexibility and cost within a design that we think fits Greenfield well,” he said.

Subcontractor bids opened

About 30 people crammed into a Town Hall meeting room on Wednesday, as the bids of 14 trade subcontractor jobs were opened and read aloud.

All of the subcontractors who applied for the work have been pre-qualified by a Greenfield School Building subcommittee. State law indicates that the lowest qualified bidder wins the work.

Byrne said his company, Construction Monitoring Services, is reviewing all the bids to ensure that they all meet legal requirements and have proper certifications.

The list of winning trade subcontractors will be finalized next week. And Shawmut will choose its non-trade subcontractors next week as well, he said.

Companies that won bids on Wednesday were:

■ United Steel ($848,000 for metals) of East Hartford, Conn.

■ Superior Caulking and Waterproofing ($386,000 for water work) of Palmer.

■ J.D. Rivet and Co. ($1.545 million for roofing) of Springfield.

■ Chandler Architectural Products ($1.522 million for metal windows and $147,000 for glass windows) of West Springfield.

■ K&K Acoustical Ceilings ($891,000 for acoustical ceilings) of Tewksbury.

■ Joseph Cohn and Son ($254,000 for ceramic tiles) of North Haven, Conn.

■ Ayotte and King For Tile ($283,000 for resilient flooring) of Chicopee.

■ King Painting ($474,000 for painting) of North Andover.

■ Arden Engineering Constructors ($534,000 for sprinklers) of Pawtucket, R.I.

■ Adams Plumbing and Heating ($1.779 million for plumbing and $4.736 million for heating, ventilation and air conditioning) of Adams.

■ Wayne J. Griffin Electric ($5.98 million for electrical work) of Holliston.

You can reach Chris Shores at:
cshores@recorder.com
or 413-772-0261, ext. 264

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