Town plans topping-off ceremony for new schools

Town plans topping-off ceremony for new schools

Students from Stephen Olney and McGuire invited to participate

NORTH PROVIDENCE – Mayor Charles Lombardi hopes to hold a “topping off” ceremony during the last week of September to celebrate the final piece of steel going up on each of the town’s two elementary school projects.

Students from Stephen Olney and James L. McGuire Elementary Schools will be given the opportunity to sign the two steel beams before they are lifted into place during the event, which will be held at the Olney construction site off Douglas Avenue. Officials said they chose the Olney site over McGuire because shutting down traffic on Salem Drive will have less of an impact than closing off Central Avenue. Details about the ceremony are still being finalized.

Both projects are “neck-and-neck,” according to members of the Facilities Committee, which met last week at North Providence High School. A Facilities Subcommittee has been created for the purpose of meeting weekly to award some subcontracting bids as the projects pick up steam.

Most recently, the committee accepted bids for interior glass and glazing packages to the tune of $157,837 at Stephen Olney and $136,286 at McGuire. The bids were awarded to Modern Glass & Aluminum of Easton, Mass.

According the committee, each school goes out to bid separately, because the scope of work for each school design is unique. For example, the package work for doors, frames and hardware was recently awarded to Kamco Supply Corp. for Stephen Olney and to Kelley Bros. of New England for McGuire.

Clerk of the Works Chad Healey, of Colliers International, said the projects were “in good shape” budget-wise, with most bid packages coming in below the estimates. Twelve packages have been awarded, including masonry, fire-proofing, roofing, framing, plumbing, HVAC and electrical. So far, the variance between the committee’s original estimates and actual amounts spent on bids at Stephen Olney is $933,856 and $452,707 at McGuire.

The Facilities Committee is scheduled to meet next on Thursday, Oct. 4.