Weston Middle School windows and doors project is moving forward

Construction won’t begin at Weston Middle School until students and teachers have left the campus for the summer, but that doesn’t mean “work” hasn’t begun on the windows and doors replacement project there.

Town Administrator Tom Landry told the Board of Selectmen last Thursday, May 17, that Secondino and Son, the approved bidder on the project, is officially under contract and preparation work has “progressed quite a bit… They’ve been quite active.”

The $2-million window and door replacement project became a hazardous materials remediation project, as well, when the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) stepped in and declared the window caulking contains PCBs. As a result, construction can only take place during the summer when the building is unoccupied.

“It’s a very compressed schedule,” Mr. Landry said.

Because of the time constraints, the selectmen and the Building Committee agreed to hire a owner’s representative to oversee the project. Mr. Landry said at the committee’s May 9 meeting, members interviewed two possible candidates, and they have been checking references.

“They are not through with the process yet … but they’re pretty comfortable with where they are,” Mr. Landry said.

In addition to the owner’s rep, an engineer from Kaestle Boos, the project’s architect, has been assigned and will be on site six times during the course of the project, Mr. Landry said.

And, Eagle Environmental will be overseeing the environmental testing and reporting.

Mr. Landry said between the owner’s rep, the Kaestle Boos engineer, the people from Eagle, on-site visits by the Building Committee, and his own visits to the site, there should be “a constant process of informing and communicating.”

First Selectman Gayle Weinstein asked that the owner’s representative report on the project’s progress in writing at least once a week.

Selectman Dennis Tracey told Mr. Landry, “I appreciate your monitoring and being on top of this. If you see deadlines not being met, I hope you raise the alarm.”

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