New Fairfield’s Permanent Building Committee (PBC) met on Tuesday, June 14 to discuss the many ongoing projects related to the two new school buildings. They also met with a town attorney, Mr. Neil Marcus, in Executive Session to confer about legal and other options for the bus lot. The bus lot’s site plan was recently rejected by the town’s Zoning Commission.
Colliers International’s Mr. Mark Schweitzer confirmed that, though timing is tight, the plans are panning out for all equipment to be in place both inside and outside of the elementary campus in the fall. “There is one item that is due in late September but those are for the breakout areas…the classroom furniture and everything else is due to arrive at the vendors in late July or early August.” There was a brief slideshow that illustrated the building’s progression including interior finish work where all ceilings are closed, all walls are painted, and more. Most gym equipment is installed, including the basketball hoops and rock-climbing wall. The main office and entrance are complete except for the to-be-installed bulletproof glazing.
At the new high school, the auditorium is ongoing with all the catwalks in place. They continue to pour concrete for the seating steps. The roof is complete, the electrical works continues, and the walls are being finalized in the building with sheetrock up in some locations and stockpiled sheetrock in place in anticipation of installation. “As far as we’re concerned, we’re doing very well on schedule,” O&G’s Mr. Joe Vetro said.
The PBC discussed and approved potential changes orders for a variety of project shifts including the ceiling above the maker space at the elementary school, the elimination of eyewash stations in janitorial closets, unsuitable materials that were found beneath the new playground area, additional MC cable that’s needed to power a water cooler, and more.
New Fairfield’s Permanent Building Committee will have held a special meeting on Tuesday, June 21 to discuss the bus lot. Their next regular meeting is scheduled for Tuesday, June 28, 7:30 p.m.
By Sarah Opdahl