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September 9, 2013

Committee not told about mold


Gino Baroni, owner of Trident, said mold was discovered in the auditorium after water entered the unfinished space this spring during heavy rains. The bottom two feet of dry wall was removed and an industrial hygienist was on hand to test the area. All areas contaminated or suspected of being contaminated would be certified before use. The city will not pay for that work, he said.

Despite what committee member Robert Vogler called “a blip,” they said they are very satisfied with how the contractor handled their concern and how they are performing on the project as a whole.

“Overall, I would say we had one little blip and everything else has been good in terms of communication and keeping us informed,” Vogler said.

Earlier this year, committee members, including Vogler and Marsan, questioned Consigli and Baroni about being presented with change orders for work performed months before. Consigli and Trident responded by providing more detailed explanations of changes and up-to-date figures of all the projects’ budgets.

Consigli came on last year after the city terminated its contract with Dimeo Construction because cost estimates shot up by $6 million almost immediately. Consigli signed with the city in May 2012 and began demolition and construction on the south wing of the high school the following month when school ended.

Since then, Building Committee members said they have been very pleased with their work. The project is still on schedule, with the renovated and expanded southern half of the building mostly opening on time this week, and on track to stay within the $98 million budget.

Consigli began demolition of the interior of the north wing this summer, and work is scheduled to wrap up next summer in time for the entire building to open for the 2014-15 school year.

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