TIME & PLACE:
Meeting December 10, 2002 at 7:00 PM at the Parish House
Kent Ruesswick, Chairman
Mike Capone Selectmen representative
Ginger LaPlante Historical District Commission
Eric Paulson, Sheerr McCrystal Palson (SMP)
Steve Atherton, Cobb Hill Construction (CHC)
Chairman called the meeting to order at 7:00 p.m. by stating
the Committee members were happy with the plans weve been
working on and asked Mike if the selectmen had had a chance to
review the Committees recommendation to engage CHC as the
construction manager. Mike replied the selectmen accepted the
Committees recommendation. Steve indicated he would have
an AIA 121 Form (standard contract) made up for the Town.
Eric then reviewed the plans for each building and asked questions
about materials and systems that impact cost to help Steve ask
more detailed questions about roofs, windows, etc. Eric indicated
that cost numbers developed would be based on expectations and
there was a need to discuss schedule and to prepare for warrant
article to be written.
Mike indicated that a mid-January deadline for Steve to submit
project cost numbers would allow enough time for scheduling public
hearings. Steve responded that he could have numbers for the Committee
by the end of December. Kent asked Steve if he can have numbers
before Christmas and Steve send he would email to Jeremy an Excel
spreadsheet following the format of the Project Budget Analysis
form being distributed by Eric. Kent stated the spreadsheet would
then be distributed to the Committee members.
Eric then distributed blank copies of the Project Budget Analysis
form that is used by SMP to detail project costs broken down by
Land such as survey, topo, legal fees for deeds,
Soft Costs such as architectural fees, site engineering,
Construction such as soil testing, site work, landscaping
Furniture, Fixtures and Equipment such as phone,
computer, security, moving, and furniture
Eric explained that using this form to write down what is known
is useful; and sometimes it helps to put numbers down for total
or range and then work up the detail cost items.
Eric asked if a performance bond is required and Mike replied
yes. Steve indicated the cost of a performance bond is usually
1 _ percent of the total project.
Eric indicated that the Life Safety Building construction is held
to a higher standard in case of hurricane, tornadoes, earthquakes,
Bob asked how many years do you come back to adjust doors, windows,
Steve replied one year and each manufacturer has own warranty
and guarantee. At the end of eleven months, CHC will write a letter
to the Town to make sure everything is ok before end of one-year
timeframe. Steve also stated there is a term substantial
completion that requires defining and is included in the
contract. The term covers such things as completion of a punch
list and date of occupancy. Eric indicated that substantial
completion must occur at the Life Safety Building before other
Ginger then asked about settling and Steve replied this occurs
Eric then used the Project Budget Analysis document to review
detail items with the Committee. This document allows for a base
cost budget plus alternate costing for optional items.
Eric noted that it costs more to move books if you put them in
the right place and that as a rule of thumb this cost is $1 per
book. This requires extra effort on library personnel.
Eric stated that landscaping is an area where costs can be deferred,
but the Committee needs to determine which decisions can be changed
in future and which ones cannot; for example, smaller ducts cant
be changed later on unless ceilings are ripped out, etc. Steve
commented that prices for concrete and lumber could usually be
locked in early in the project.
Discussion ensued about the total cost of the anticipated project.
Mike explained that there is a legal limit of three (3) percent
of the Towns assessed valuation that must be considered
when requesting a bond issue and this amount must be calculated
each year as existing bond amounts are paid down.
Eric then explained one significant way to reduce costs is to
make a building smaller; for example, in the proposed library,
a section can be walled off if necessary. Generally speaking,
though, if you arent going to finish a phase now, dont
start it, otherwise additional costs are incurred in multiple-phased
Eric again reviewed the proposed design with the Committee to
help Steve develop cost numbers:
Life Safety Building
Little extra cost in reception desk use stainable wood
Shingle roof not a metal roof that costs more in installation
Clapboard siding semplank siding, not wood; 50 year guarantee;
comparable to wood
Use of good standard materials in bathrooms
A few extra things in cells for security
A lot of overhead doors insulated and heated
Porch is nice feature can be cut if there are budget issues
Site costs how much is paved assume all can
Can reduce number of windows
There will be a side door in fire department
18 overhang in front of building
Gutters, if wanted, can be installed later
Can supply numbers for furniture
Raise floor to level
Use existing roof
Police Department Building (existing)
Two separate levels right now per Kent
Eric asked about roof Kent stated he assumed it is ok.
Preliminary Site Plan
Eric asked how much do we want to show for pavement. It was
decided to remove the pond and proposed road through to Hackleboro
road from the presented drawings (plan) and that Eric would replace
with a hammerhead or loop drive behind proposed library. Eric
suggested having a landscaping allowance for the library.
Eric asked about heating systems and Kent replied that existing
Fire Departments system is forty (40) years old. Ted asked
about radiant heat and that this can save money over time but
the initial cost is high.
Eric responded that radiant heat is very appropriate for the library
and that this can be priced as an alternate. However, a back-up
system such as forced air is still required.
Schedule for next meeting was discussed. Ken suggested that the
Committee meet next week to discuss future presentations in preparation
of Town Meeting.
Kent asked that the Committee meet again next Tuesday, December
17th, at 7:00 p.m. at Sam Lake House. In the meantime,
numbers received from CHC will be distributed by Kent and Jeremy
to appropriate parties.
The Chairman adjourned the meeting at 8:30 p.m.
7:00 p.m., Tuesday, December 17, 2002 at Sam Lake House.