2018-02-09 / In the Know

Scarborough public safety building update

By Kevin Freeman Special to the Leader

It’s been almost three months since Scarborough voters approved the funding for the new public safety building and behind the scenes there’s been a lot planning activity to bring the project to fruition. Shortly after the Nov. 7, vote the town council extended the charge of the ad-hoc Scarborough public safety complex building committee.

I am pleased to report that all eight committee members chose to continue serving through the project’s completion.

The committee includes Judy Roy, Greg Hanscom, David Libby, Bruce Bell, Roger Chabot, Rick Meinking, Roccy Risbara and Kevin Freeman as well as Fire Chief Mike Thurlow and Police Chief Robbie Moulton.

There have been a number of initiatives that were launched in early December.

First and foremost, the town of Scarborough retained Context Architecture to move forward with design of the project.

In turn, Context Architecture’s design consultants began the design process. Context’s team which includes Sebago Technics of South Portland, S.W. Cole Engineering of Gray, Becker Structural Engineering of Portland and Garcia Galuska Desousa Engineering of Dartmouth Massachusetts have been meeting with public safety staff and town staff over the last month bringing more detail to the project with each passing day.

Concurrent to the design effort, the town of Scarborough issued a request for proposal for construction management services and on Dec. 22, received submissions from eight firms.

Utilizing a qualifications-based selection process a shortlist of four firms (Consigli Construction of Portland, Landry French Construction of Scarborough, PC Construction of Portland and Wright-Ryan Construction of Portland) were invited to interview for the project in late January.

The goal is to select and finalize a contract with the construction manager (CM) in early February.

The timing of the successful CM joining the overall project team will coincide with the design plans being readied for the first in a series of construction estimates that will ensure the project’s design program, schedule and budget are in sync. Construction

Management delivery was selected for this complex project as it affords the town of Scarborough the opportunity to control costs by having real-time input on the design as it is being developed.

In the end, the process will allow for the project team to identify opportunities to improve quality, program and cost while eliminating surprises before construction begins.

Oversight for the taxpayers is an important element on the public safety building project.

Our total project cost is projected to be $21.5 million. Given the tremendous amount of private commercial construction activity in town and the need for a knowledgeable, seasoned set of eyes to watch over for the town of Scarborough’s best interests an owner’s representative will be enlisted to oversee the preconstruction and construction phases of the project.

Four established Maine-based consultants were invited to submit proposals and the committee recently interviewed three finalists. It is expected that the owner’s representative will be onboard at the same time as the construction manager selection is finalized.

The building committee is now meeting on a monthly basis with the growing project team.

Our January meeting included a presentation on the various mechanical systems options under consideration.

We will continue to keep the general public posted as our project team moves closer to groundbreaking later this year.

Kevin Freeman is chairman of the Ad Hoc Public Safety Complex Building Committee.

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