Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Ribbon Cutting and Thank you!

After a year of construction we are finally done renovating and adding to our beautiful new school!   Construction meetings are still happening; not every week but as needed and we are all still talking to each other and having a good time!    Not all construction projects go so smoothly but we all feel very lucky to have had such a great team. 
We still have a list of items in each of our Punch lists: Construction and Finishes, Mechanical, Electrical and Landscape each list has a few items to address but they are all being worked on now.   We have one big item left to be decided on and that is the Maintenance Shed.  We are hoping to put this out to bid to local contractors in the next few weeks.

We are still on budget, and we will have final numbers in the next couple of months.

We would like to take a moment to say thank you to long list of people and organizations:

·      EMES School staff, teachers, administrators and maintenance staff, who all worked so hard through this process and continue to be understanding of the final details left. 
·      The school’s central office, for keeping us on budget and helping us through the entire project.  Special thanks to Lori Bibeau, Bill Kimball and Matt. 
·      Special thanks to Alicia Lyford, our amazing Project Manager and Assistant Principal!
·      Bill Ford our Clerk of the Works.   A lot of people ask: What does the Clerk do?  Bill first made himself familiar with the plans, the design, the specification, the budget, and the contract documents.  After that during constructions he made sure things were being built according to the plans and on time. Some of his jobs are construction record keeping, verification of documents, punch list and keeping the owner informed.
·      Wright and Morrissey Construction, Doug, Strummer, Jamie, Mike, Derik, the list is long but thank you ALL for your hard work.
·      Thanks to TruexCullins Architects and their team of engineers and experts.  The list is long but to mention a few, David Epstein, Dan Goltzman, Peter Burns, Bill Bissell, Andy Shapiro, Kohler and Lewis, Cynthia Silvey from Wagner Hodgson.
·      The Oversight Committee, for the many hours and for your guidance -   Albert Petrella, Rob Chickering, Alice Angney, Mike Duane and Cort Richardson.  A very special thanks to Marty Miller, who also attended Construction Meetings and provided his expertise through the entire project. 
·      The Facilities Committee, who helped this project get started.
·      Town of East Montpelier - Terri, Bruce and Don for your support and all the extra work.
·      All members, past and present, of the East Montpelier School Board, for your guidance and help and for keeping the project on time and on Budget.

Finally, thank you, East Montpelier Community, for your support.   We can all be very proud of the final result!
We will continue to work hard on maintaining the school like new with your support for years to come.
Please attend the Ribbon Cutting Ceremony, October 2nd at 5pm.

Flor Diaz Smith
Oversight + Facilities Committee
East Montpelier School Board


Thursday, August 21, 2014

Ready for School to start!

Update Facilities +Oversight

We are ready for school!  The last items of punch list are being worked mostly paint and cleaning.  Karin is busy getting teachers the new cards for getting into the building.  Alica and Marion are trying to multitask for in service and also final details on moving.   Setting up the new spaces in such a short period of time is challenging but they are all working hard.

The pond liner went in today.  The fence is going up tomorrow and the pond will be ready in the first days of September.  

Teachers are working really hard to set their rooms.  Everybody is so happy in their new spaces!!

We can't wait to see the kids expressions as they walk into their new spaces.

Please save the date for our New School Celebration!  
October 3
East Montpelier Elementary School

No pictures you will have to come see!!  We can't wait to share the building with the kids and the entire community!

Amy from the Times Argus was today at School so look out for an article on your school soon!

Wednesday, July 30, 2014


We are right on schedule!  

The 1965 wing rooms are 95% finish, they are waiting for some window sills but other than that they are done.  

Bill Ford and Dan are going to start the punch list for that space on August 6th.

The 1989 wing 3 rooms are completed with flooring and the we have 7 painters working in today.

Almost all of the Landscape is done!  If you drive by take a look it looks great.

A lot is happening at the same time but all work is flowing and staying on schedule.

The pond work has started and we are still waiting for the shed price and preschool fence.  These 3 items will be finished after the completion date.  

Commissioning is happening on 4th and 7th with John Penny. All subs are ready for this to happen and have coordinated the date. 

What is commissioning?

We are testing all the systems and components that were designed and spec  by our Architect and Engineers.  They make sure all of the systems have been installed correctly and tested so they are operating properly.  


Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Update on Construction

Update Oversight and Facilities + Schedule

The Oversight Committee had a meeting today and we gave them an update on the Schedule and the Pond.

We reviewed the Schedule
We made it clear that the site subcontractor filing for Chapter 11 doesn't affect finishing the Site work and getting the pond done.
A new day for Commissioning of all systems is on the works, John Penny will be back when Control Tech and Brownell is ready.

Schedule this week:

Sheet rocking windows still going on.  Metal bending this morning for the rest of the flashing on windows.
Rough-in inspections for both the rest of 65 and 89 are done.
Moisture mitigation in the rest of the building is done we are finishing the corridors in the res of 1965 area.
We are putting flooring down in the classrooms that are ready in 1965.
They will be done sheet rocking this week.

The new door into the gym going in:

Wednesday, July 9, 2014

We are  currently on schedule!
The progress list for this week includes:

New American Elm's have been planted in the front and look beautiful.
They are working on sandblasting
Strong push all past week for doing all the roughing in.
They continue to work in the 65 addition suffits and tapping is going on.
Electrical Inspector was here to look at all the rough in.
The pond is starting on Monday and Wright and Morrisey is doing it with his own staff.
We meausure for a couple of new shades in the conference room and the reception window area.

Ady Shapiro was here and did a door blower test and was happy with all the work.

Commissioning is behind a little bit and we were not completely ready for John Penny last week.

bushes in

Trees ready to be planted

Monday, July 7, 2014

Update Oversight + Facilities

We had an Oversight Committee Meeting today July 2, 2014; Marty Miller, Alice Angney, Albert Petrella, Alicia Lyford were present.

Here are some high ights:

Don Marsh, Bill Ford, Strummer and Flor walked the pond site and also staked the proposed Garage site in the upper parking lot.  We will need a zoning permit for the garage, the hearing will be on August 5th.  

Alice suggested we might want to add a little stretch of side walk to link the side walk by the temporary parking lot

The temporary wall  in the music room is down and the carpet is in good shape not much fixing then.

Masonary filling the door openings is starting this week too.  The gym door has been taken down and the new door with sidelights is going in now.

Roof  opening in the learning center for the new skylight will be in this week too.

Landscape is going in little by little..  shrubs will come in at least some of them this week.

Andy is doing his walk through tomorrow to make sure air barrier is all