Firms vying for Nashua school renovation project
Representatives from Turner Building Science, Lavallee/Brensinger Architects, Harriman Architects and Banwell Architects came armed with easels, enormous graphics and mini PowerPoint presentations to make their pitch for the job.
Last year, Nashua hired Lavallee/Brensinger to assess the condition of Broad Street, Birch Hill, Sunset Heights and Main Dunstable elementary schools. The firm, which designed Nashua High School North and oversaw the renovations for Nashua High School South, proposed a $7.2 million upgrade for Broad Street that included new heating and ventilation systems, redesigned entrances and parking lots, drainage improvements and courtyard repairs.
School Board member William Mosher was interested in pursuing the idea of warm floors for the elementary school.
Nichols also suggested other innovations to conserve water, such as landscaping with native and drought-resistant plants and collecting rain to flush toilets.
McCarthy said the joint committee would probably hold a nonpublic meeting to discuss the firms and their presentations before making a final decision.
“I am not happy with nonpublic meetings. We are spending the taxpayers’ money,” said Ryder, who added there should be more transparency in a major renovation project.
McCarthy said Nashua has a history with several of the firms, and under the state’s right-to-know law it is appropriate to review past performance in a closed-door session.
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