Hingham School Building Committee Chairman Ray Estes appeared before the Board of Selectmen Thursday night to announce the company awarded the contract to build the town’s new model middle school.
Five companies came in with very close bids, but in the end its Brait Builders of Marshfield that won out, coming in with a $58.6 million bid; $2.2 million less than the original estimate.
School Building Committee Chairman Ray Estes is pleased that the bid is under budget.
“We’re so thrilled that we’re $2.2 million under budget. Obviously, that will trigger a corresponding reduction in the M.S.B.A. grant. We will get that number shortly. But obviously that reduces Hingham’s cost as a bottom line figure as well”, Estes said.
Construction of the new middle school is due to begin next month.
“On June 18, we expect to turn the property over to the contractor to mobilize to begin work. On June 22, there’ll be a ground breaking ceremony at 10:30 AM. We’ll have our state senator and state representative there. We expect the state treasurer and members from the Mass. School Building Authority and there’s a whole list of invitees that will be notified and invited very shortly”, Estes explained.
A meeting for abutters is scheduled for next Wednesday, May 30 at 7 PM at the middle school.
Hingham’s new model middle school is expected to be open to students in two years and fully complete with athletic fields by 2016.