Bagnall School Renovation

Bagnall School Renovation
Proposed by:
Groveland Building Committee
Committee Members; K.Cunniff, D.Gelina, K.Jackson, J.Osborne, S.Williamson
Professional architectural services by JCJ Architecture, Hartford, CT.
J.LaPosta & G. Smolley and their team.
Building History of the School
The Dr. Elmer S. Bagnall School was originally built in 1964 to house 400
students. It was modified in 1991 with additional classrooms to house approximately 550
students. By 1998 there was a need for further expansion and two portable classrooms
were added to take another 40 students. Currently the student population fluctuates
between 650 and 750 students.
Approximately four years ago, the Capital Improvement Committee, an advisory
group reporting to Selectmen, concluded that serious consideration should be
undertaken to expand and modify the school. The Selectmen established in 2008 a
School Building Committee to undertake this task. The committee consists of 5
committee members: John Osborne (Chair), Kim Jackson (Vice Chair), Steve Williamson
(Secretary), and members Kevin Cunniff, Doug Gelina.
The committee asked the town to approve funding for a suitable architectural firm
to assist in this project in April 2009. The town approved the expenditure up to $75,000 to
plan the project. The committee chose the architectural firm JCJ Architecture of Boston
and Hartford, CT. in November 2009. They presented to us their conceptual design in the
Spring 2010. Their design, is in part, the basis for the following proposal.
It appears in retrospect, that the modifications to the school in 1990, that
only provided additional classrooms with no change in the core facilities, was
mistaken economizing, which we are now trying to rectify with this proposal. The
committee fears that if this proposal is not approved, then the mistake will be
compounded and when there is a major increase in enrollment, the school will
become unmanageable and the town will be forced to seriously consider an
expensive additional school.
Need for State Reimbursed Green
Energy Saving Program
The roof which was guaranteed for 10 years is 19 years old and is leaking in
numerous places and is constantly being patched with moderate success.
The boilers are 45 years old and are constantly being relined with refractory
brick. These boilers are at the end of their useful life.
The controls that adjust heat levels in the zones are completely out of date
and are unable to control the heating efficiently.
The exhaust ventilators on the roof can no longer be repaired,
as the equipment is so old, spare parts cannot be found.
The air handlers that are placed in each classroom need to be replaced as
they cannot adjust the air intake to lower the carbon dioxide levels needed;
as a result the school does not comply within state air quality standards.
The original single pane windows are still in the major part of the school and
need to be replaced with thermally insulated ones.
The external doors need to be replaced with insulated ones.
Reasons to Take Immediate Action
The Pentucket School District is applying for state
reimbursement under the Green program. This program
is designed to improve the energy efficiency of the
schools in the district.
The state requires that we complete the acceptance of
this program by town meeting and assure the state that
the town is able to fund the total cost of the Green
Renovation of the Bagnall School.
The reimbursement level for Groveland is 51.42% and is
reimbursed as the project proceeds.
The Gang’s all here!
We are a little crowded!
The Educational Need for this Project
The building is simply overcrowded. This is best illustrated in the
cafeteria which has 6 lunch periods that begin at 10.45 a.m. and
finish at 1.30 p.m.
The current building does not allow for adequate school security.
The gymnasium is far too small and currently the after school
recreational basketball program, that caters for over 250 children in
the winter months has in most part, to be catered for in other area
There is a lack of storage throughout the school.
Currently music groups meet in small closet-sized areas and there is
a need for a music room.
There is a need for a science room.
Currently several classrooms are being utilized by councilors and
other functions. These rooms would be freed up by the renovations
to the administration area.
Current Building
Administration Area
Current Layout
Proposed Plan
Proposed Project Work Plan
Part 1: Green Program
The process involves you approving this project. The state is currently
undertaking an evaluation of the town’s needs. We will represent our
priorities to them for their approval. They are as follows:
New boilers with upgraded electronic controls will replace the original
1964 boilers.
Modern fully insulated windows will replace the original non-insulated
ones in the 1964 section.
Insulated doors with magnetic locks will replace the non-insulated
existing doors.
A new roof with new additional insulation to achieve an energy star
rating will replace the continually leaking current nineteen year old
This is to be completed by Dec. 2011.
We have selected a project manager, from a State approved list, who will
supervise this phase of the work.
Project Approval and Contractor Selection
The process involves you approving this project and
then the Building Committee/Selectmen will hire an
architect to design the additional buildings and produce
construction drawings. The state is not involved in
these phases.
We believe the process will take around 12 months before
construction can begin. Spring 2012.
Part 2: New Cafeteria
A large Cafeteria/Kitchen will be built to house existing
kitchen equipment.
This will take approximately 10 to 12 months to complete.
Utilization Fall 2013.
Part 3: New Gymnasium
The portable classrooms will be removed and on this site the
Gym will be constructed and integrated with the Cafeteria/Kitchen
This will take approximately 10 to 12 months to complete.
Utilization Fall 2013.
Part 4: Administration Area
Removal of the kitchen and stage and its replacement with a new
art classroom, offices and storage.
New guidance offices and removal of guidance offices from the
main classroom building which will result in the release of
classroom space for teaching.
A new nursing area with four beds will be provided.
Increased security with the provision of special entrance way, so
access to the school is only through the administration building.
Conversion of the current band room to a general science room.
This will take approximately 3 to 4 months to complete.
Anticipated Jan 2014.
Part 5: Safety and Health requirements.
The existing fire alarm system needs updating to meet
the new fire codes requirements.
The existing water main is only a 2″ diam. line and this
needs to be replaced by a 8″ diam. line. This will allow
for an internal sprinkler system and irrigation of the
playing fields.
The existing septic system has proven troublesome
over the years and will either have to be renewed or,
as is more likely, a sewer line will have to be
constructed with a pump and lift station.
This will take until sometime in 2014, the
engineering planning and design for all of this work
has to be undertaken first.
Artist’s Conception of Renovation
Educational Benefits and Improvements
A larger cafeteria will result in only 3 lunch periods instead of 6 and will give longer
blocks of time for uninterrupted instruction.
The whole school will be able to assemble in the new gym space and there is also
enough space for parents to attend special school events and the town to
assemble for town meetings.
A new stage is located between the cafeteria and gymnasium so that it may serve
both areas.
Increased security because of the ability to isolate Cafeteria/Gymnasium complex
from the rest of the school and ensuring entrance to the school is through the
admin. offices.
Gymnasium will have a regulation size court or two half sized courts which will
allow for all recreational games to be played in town and also will allow adequate
space for visitors to attend games. The current gym will be kept to allow for
adequate court room space for evening and summer recreational activities.
Improved air quality in all classrooms by the replacement of the existing control
system and air handling units.
Provision of a science center will increase learning by the use of demonstrations of
the experimental method.
The music room will be moved to the current art room well away from the other
classrooms and administration areas. A new art room will be placed in the current
cafeteria and will have considerably improved lighting.
Renovates the school’s core facilities for a future enrollment of 850 students.
Estimated Cost of Green Program
Replacement of the roof with increased insulation.
Boilers, associated electronic controls, air handlers.
Windows with insulated thermal panes
Exit doors (12)
Disposal of Hazardous Materials
Misc. Electrical
Total Part I
Administrative costs 2,005,000 x 20.90%
Grand Total
Savings (State reimbursement 51%)
Final Cost to the town
Contribution from Stabilization Fund
Grand Total on the tax base
Estimated Costs of Total Renovation.
Part 1. New Roof, Boilers and Electronics, Windows and Doors.
(includes administration costs).
Part 2. Cafeteria Kitchen 9560 sq.ft. x 220/sq.ft.
Part 3. New Gymnasium 7000 sq.ft. x 200/sq.ft.
Part 4. Conversion Cafeteria/Kitchen to Admin. Building
5500 sq.ft. x 75/sq.ft.
Part 5. Associated Code & Safety requirements with renovation:
(i) 1000 ft. Water line 8″ diam. plus 2 hydrants and 8″ gate tie in.
(ii) Sewer line, pump station & tie in
(iii) New Fire Alarm System
Administrative Costs on Parts 2 to 5. 4,270,000 x 20.90%
Total Cost (Parts 1 to 5).
The State requires the town to raise and appropriate for the full amount
(2,424,000 + 5,162,400) = 7,586,400
Actual town cost with State reimbursement (7,586,400 – 1,236,200) = 6,350,200
Debt Exclusion Article of 5,162,400 to be approved at town meeting and
the ballot box. This will increase the tax rate on the average house
evaluation of 355,000 of $151/yr or 2.90/week.
Table of Tax Increase per Valuation
$ 100,000
$ 150,000
$ 200,000
$ 250,000
$ 300,000
$ 350,000
$ 400,000
$ 450,000
$ 500,000
Tax Increase Per Year
for 25 years
$ 42
$ 63
$ 84
$ 105
$ 126
$ 147
$ 168
$ 189
$ 210
Reasons to Take Immediate Action
We realize the current economic climate is creating hardship but it is
also allows us to purchase materials and contractor services at very
competitive prices—thereby lowering costs. As the economy
improves, inflation is inevitable.
The building of a new school has been conservatively estimated to
be $30,000,000.
It makes sense to maintain our school, so that when there is a need
for expansion, the existing building’s core facilities - cafeteria/kitchen
and gym will allow additional classrooms to be added without the fear
of overcrowding.
The school will be able to run basketball practices and games
without the need for scheduling these events in neighboring
The school, which also provides many youth and adult programs in
the evening and summer time as a recreational facility, will no longer
be sending Groveland residents to other communities to rent their
This renovation will encourage people to settle in our community and
thereby maintain the our real estate values.
Public Informational Meeting at the School
April. 12th Tues. 7.30 p.m.
Town Meeting at the Bagnall School
Apr.25th. 2011.
Special 7p.m. Annual 7.30 p.m.
At the Ballot Box Town Hall
May 2nd. 8.00 a.m. to 8.00 p.m.
Call the committee:
John Osborne (Chair)
978 374 6253
Kim Jackson (Vice Chair)
978 374 4026
Steve Williamson (Sec.)
978 372 9082
Kevin Cunniff
978 373 2836
Doug Gelina
978 521 4585