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November 29, 2012

Putting a face on a project

City close to naming manager for project

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The city’s building committee must use strict criteria when it comes to narrowing down its manager candidates. Most of the criteria involves a candidate’s documented previous performances on similar projects and his relationship with contractors he has worked with. Other factors include knowledge of the state’s building codes and the candidate’s financial stability and management approach.

The project manager will receive $150,000 of the $800,000 which has been budgeted for the feasibility study. After the manager is chosen, the building committee will search for a designer. The city has budgeted $520,000 for that job. DeFusco expects that position to be filled by May.

Once the study is complete, the city estimates it would take up to a year for the designer to complete his work and for the construction bid to be handed out. Officials estimate it would take two years to build the school.

A year ago, about 140 Hunking sixth-graders were moved to the formerly vacant Bartlett School, after problems were discovered with a section of the foundation under Hunking’s north wing. Those problems raised fears that a portion of the building could collapse.

Temporary repairs to the Huinking foundation were completed last summer, which allowed all students to return to the building for the current school year. The repairs are expected to make the building safe for at least four years. In the meantime, Haverhill wants to build a replacement school.

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