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Building on progress in Sturbridge

Burgess bulders have been selected ...

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August 02, 2010
STURBRIDGE — Pending final approval of the contractor by the School Building Committee Wednesday night, construction will begin on the new and improved Burgess Elementary within a matter of weeks.

The Board of Selectmen Monday unanimously gave permission to Town Administrator Shaun Suhoski to "execute all documentation relative to the Burgess Elementary School project and to award a contract."

That contract, pending a final vote of the Building Committee tonight, will be awarded to Fontaine Bros. Inc. of Springfield, the low bidders for the project, submitting a figure of $22,932,000 for their work.

Initial estimates for the construction/renovation project topped out at nearly $47 million, which was approved at last year's Annual Town Meeting. The Massachusetts School Building Authority has pledged approximately 50-percent funding for the project.

This spring, the project's architect Carl R. Franceschi of Drummy Rose Anderson and Owner's Project Manager Eric Moore of Lamoureux Pagano estimated the project to be in the range of $35-$38 million due to fluctuations in the economy.

"The economy and the hunger for work really drives the bids," said Selectman Thomas Creamer.

See Wednesday's Southbridge Evening News for complete coverage of community news.

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