Colegrove Elementary School project mostly done, except for dusting

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NORTH ADAMS — Though in need of a good dusting, the Colegrove Park Elementary School is expected to be ready for its January opening.

City officials and project managers on Monday said, aside from a few remaining "aesthetic" concerns, the $30 million renovation of the former Silvio O. Conte Middle School should be completed before the end of the holiday break. Students currently attending Sullivan School will switch to the transformed Colegrove Park Elementary.

The project continues to remain on track and on budget, according to Andy Gentile, representing the owner's project manager Strategic Building Solutions.

The largest complaint from officials at a School Building Committee meeting was the general cleanliness of the building. Monday marked the final meeting of the committee before the school's opening on Jan. 4.

The "flushing" of HVAC systems prior to the school's use has left a film of dust on most horizontal surfaces in the school, Gentile said.

Architect Margo Jones, of Jones Whitsett Architects, said she was "looking seriously" at the cleaning issue and suggested hiring an outside company. Jones noted that there was also a coat of dust on the light fixtures, while Mayor Richard Alcombright pointed out that the gymnasium backboards were caked in dust.

Officials were expected to reach out to cleaning companies and request quotes for a full cleaning of the classrooms.

"I don't think we've ever been happy [with the cleaning]," Alcombright said.

The second floor computer lab will be installed early next week, Gentile said.

Project leaders continue to work through the "punch list" of remaining tasks.

"Every day there's a group of people there doing something [to complete the punch list], whether it's the tiling guy, the ceiling guy, painters are still touching up little things here and there," Gentile said.

A previously unprotected section of the gymnasium's foundation, stretching about 10 feet, has since been waterproofed since the oversight was discovered last month, Alcombright said.

The students from Sullivan School toured the building last week.

"Everything now is pretty much aesthetic," Gentile said. "There's nothing that's going to stop the kids from getting in there on [Jan.] 4."

Contact Adam Shanks at 413-496-6376.


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