Colliers was engaged by the City of Easthampton to provide project management services during the construction of the new 110,000 gsf high school. In response to its submittal of a Statement of Interest, the Massachusetts School Building Authority invited the City of Easthampton to move forward with the feasibility study to identify possible solutions to the problems facing the Easthampton High School. These issues included:
- Lack of adequate classroom, laboratory, media, arts, guidance, office, library and storage spaces
- Leaks and cracks in various areas of the building
- Inadequate and inefficient HVAC facilities and controls
- Badly worn interior components including floors, stairs and gymnasium bleachers
- Inadequate electrical distribution capacity
- Limited handicap accessibility
Objectives for Colliers in its role as owner’s project manager included assisting the City of Easthampton in the selection of the most effective solution to the deficiencies identified in its Statement of Interest and identifying a course of action that offered the lowest life cycle costs of operating the School, as it relates to future operational budgets. In addition, Colliers provided a sufficiently detailed project summary in time for the submission of a Debt Exclusion question on the City’s November 2009 ballot.
After the successful approval by the City of Easthampton voters, Colliers provided project management services through the design, bidding, construction, and occupancy phases of the project. Once the new Easthampton High School was completed and occupied, Colliers then oversaw the demolition of the old high school building and restoration of the school site.
In addition, Colliers has been engaged to serve as owner’s project manager during the feasibility and schematic design phases for the City of Easthampton’s Maple Elementary School Project.