Taconic High School project on time and under budget

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PITTSFIELD — The new Taconic High School building is progressing on time and under budget, construction managers said Monday.

The building is scheduled for July 1 completion, and movers will begin transferring items from the current building to the new digs on Valentine Road soon thereafter.

John Benzinger, of construction firm Skanska USA, told members of the School Building Needs Commission the project is so far running below the budgeted $120 million. He said it was too early to say by how much.

"Without getting into the dirty details, everything looks good," he said. "We're tracking well."

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Benzinger said the team is working to auction off any items that can't be used in the new building. The rest, he said, they'll donate.

"We're doing our best to keep whatever we can out of the landfill," he said. "We're trying to sell whatever we can."

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Superintendent Jason McCandless said teachers have made a master list of items that can and can't be used in the building.

"We have plans and a purpose for almost everything," he said.

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McCandless said he'll schedule tours of the existing building before it's demolished in late fall.

Vladimir Lyubetsky, of Drummey Rosane Anderson Inc., told commissioners almost all of the new furniture has gone to bid and will be delivered once the building is complete.

"I want to thank all of you for the work that's been done on this building," said Kathy Amuso, who chairs the commission. "It's made a very large project a pleasure to work on."

Amanda Drane can be contacted at adrane@berkshireeagle.com, @amandadrane on Twitter, and 413-496-6296.


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