By Max Bowenfirstname.lastname@example.org
Superintendent John Antonucci said officials are “keeping our foot on the gas” to ensure upgrades to the Ray Beaupre Field are completed in time for next fall.
At the Dec. 6 School Committee meeting, Antonucci said an Owner Project Manager (OPM) has been chosen—CHA Consulting, which has offices in Albany, NY, Norwell, and Birmingham, Ala. The company’s projects include residential development, commercial properties, and road improvements. Antonucci said the company has a lengthy record and “impeccable credentials.”
Once a contract with CHA has been finalized, the next step will be to hire an architect, after which a budget and timeline for the work will be defined.
The goal is to get the work done in time for fall sports in 2022, but Antonucci said in speaking with firms, it may not be possible. School Committee Chair Ethan Hamilton said he has heard from residents that there were flaws in the original design and it would be good to seek their input as the work proceeds.
“We‘re not sure it’s realistic,” said Antonucci of the deadline. “There are a lot of windows to meet and with the time available, we’re not sure we can get it done.”
The project includes a renovation of the track, installation of new bleachers, and upgrading of concession stands and bathrooms. In addition, Antonucci hopes that upgrading the scoreboard and sound system can be looked at. Changes to parking are not being considered at this time. $3 million has been set aside for the project, and Antonucci said this is a ballpark, with an exact cost becoming clear once designs are done.