Project Managers November 2021 Report

Report to the Community

November 2021

Good day.  This is the second of monthly reports I will be publishing for the Community of Allenstown School District to follow the progress of your new building project.

I am your Owners Project Manager, Gordon Bristol.  One part of my role is to keep you, the Community, informed of the progress of the project.  I will be giving monthly reports, in person, and to the School Board.  I will also provide monthly reports to the Community via this Report and from time to time we will hold informational updates.

Here is some of the progress thus far:

  • We are now in good communication with your town Code Enforcement Officer.  He will be playing a role in ensuring your towns building and town code interface is ongoing and productive.
  • We have met with the Department of Education.  Our school is one of the first full new schools in the new educational funding process.  We are enjoying working with the state on this process.
  • Site testing continues.  What are the soils we are working with? Are there any special plants or species to be concerned with?  These are ongoing studies.
  • We are continuing working with ideas for alternate energy for our campus.  Will it be a solar array?  We will continue to study.
  • We are investigating any issues of traffic on the nearby state route and any need for a sidewalk on the River Road.  We continue to point out that the school will have a good buffer between the current road and the main body of campus.  Do we need to consider a turning lane on Route 28?  We are also looking into some thoughts of what is the traffic on the actual river road.
  • Your team continues the ongoing process of meeting with various academic disciplines.  i.e.;  athletics, science, math and others to begin the process of understanding any particular academic needs the school building and site needs to accommodate.

We are off to a good start on your behalf.  We encourage your input and questions.

Also, please feel free to call me at 802-380-1157 or write me at[email protected]

The District wishes for this to be a totally transparent project with as much information to you as possible.  Please let us know how we are doing.

Report by:

Gordon Bristol

Gordon Bristol Consulting

Project Managers October 2021 Report

October 2021

Good day Allenstown Community,

This will be the first of monthly reports I will be publishing for the Community of Allenstown School District to follow the progress of your new building project.

I am your Owners Project Manager, Gordon Bristol.  One part of my role is to keep you, the Community, informed of the progress of the project.  I will be giving monthly reports, in person, to the School Board.  I will also provide monthly reports to the Community via this Report and from time to time we will hold informational updates.

Here is some of the progress thus far:

  • Your School Board has put up a sign on the property to get some excitement going for the effort.  We thank the Moore family for donating the sign.

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  • The Architectural firm has been hired.  The Turner Group of Concord, NH.  This firm has tons of experience in all facets of architecture.  In addition, they have a specialty in building schools both new construction and remodel.  They have a proven track record of excellence in building performance.

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  • The Construction Manager has been hired.  The Milestone Company.  (Technically called the Milestone Engineering and Construction Company).  This firm is located in Concord, NH.  Milestone has been around since 1988 and has a record of on time and on budget success in building projects.  They, as well, have a long record of success in school building projects.

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  • The main pre-construction effort at this time is the location of the building on the actual site.  We have hired both soil engineers and geo technical specialists to ensure where we place the building will be for the best interest of the students learning environment and for the safety of those traveling to and from the school on both school property and nearby roads.  Soil test and core drillings will be taking place in the next month.

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  • Your construction team has met with the following this month:  Fire Chief, Police Chief, Town Administrator, Water Department, Sewer Department.  As well we have met with Eversource (power) and Agency of Transportation.

We have spoken with the Department of Education. We have met with some of the neighbors of the school to ensure their comfort and voice is accounted for.

We are exploring options for water and sewer at the property.  At the current time it looks like an onsite well and onsite septic is preferred.

Your team is starting the ongoing process of meeting with various academic disciplines.  ie;  athletics, science, math.  To begin the process of understanding any particular academic needs the school building and site needs to accommodate.

We are off to a good start on your behalf.  We encourage your input and questions.

Also, please feel free to write me at[email protected]

The District wishes for this to be a totally transparent project with as much information to you as possible.  Please let us know how we are doing.

Report by:

Gordon Bristol

Gordon Bristol Consulting

YourOwners Project Manager

10-2-2021 Future School Sign Posted on River Rd.

Oct 2, 2021

Allenstown Community:

A real sense of “Yes, this is finally happening” is starting as a new “Future Home of Allenstown’s New K-8 School” sign was installed this past week at the River Road site of the new school. The School Board gives sincere thanks and appreciation to resident Craig Moore and his company, NH Signs, for donating and installing the sign. We are fortunate and grateful to donations for our little school community.

A lot of work now begins in preparation for ground breaking to begin Spring, 2022. Our architects, HL Turner, a local firm out of Concord, have begun meeting with school staff to begin the design for what will be in our new school. As mentioned in a prior letter on the school website, we have another local, Concord company, Milestone Engineering and Construction that will be building our new school.

I hope everyone takes a little detour on River Road to see the new sign and gets a sense that in 2 years, we will have students in the fiscal year 2023/24 in a brand new building. Allenstown has a burgeoning sense of community that we believe will be even greater with this new school.

Thank you for your support.

Sincerely,

Kris Raymond - Allenstown School Board Chair

9-15-2021 Closing on Land and Construction Manager Selected

September 15, 2021

Hello, Allenstown!

Today, we have two really important and exciting New School updates:

On Friday, September 17th, we will be closing on the 59-acre parcel of land off of River Road! This piece of land abuts Bear Brook State Park, and will allow for playing fields and lots of science related activities for our students and the whole community.

Also, on Monday, September 13th, the Allenstown School Board unanimously approved the Building Committee’s recommendation to hire the firm of Milestone Engineering and Construction from Concord, New Hampshire as our Construction Manager for the project!

So we are moving along, and it is getting more exciting everyday!

Don’t forget to check in often for updates, and let us know if you have any questions.

Enjoy this September Weather.

Peter Warburton School Superintendent

Shannon Kruger, ASD Principal

8-30-2021 - New Owner's Project Manager (OPM) Hired

The Allenstown School has hired Mr. Gordon Bristol as their OPM, or Owner’s Project Manager. In years past, this job was called the Clerk of the Works. Mr. Bristol brings years of experience in the construction field, and will be ever present over the next 2 years coordinating all aspects of the building project. Here is a partial list of past and current significant projects Mr. Gordon Bristol has been a part of:

  • Currently, he is working on a school remodel and addition for the Hopkinton School District. This project entails three schools in different parts of town. As of today, the project is 80% complete and is ON TIME and ON BUDGET. We anticipate the project completion in September 2021.
  • He successfully completed a three-phase project for the Golden Brook Elementary School in Windham, New Hampshire. The project was approximately $39 million divided over three phases. He was acting as pre-construction, owners representative and purchasing the owner Furniture, Fixtures and Equipment.
  • He recently finished a $1.6 million dollar project of a new custom-built school for aerial artist for the New England Center for Circus Arts. The project entailed two years of pre-construction services to work for the Board of Directors of NECCA to educate them on the system of design build for their school and financing arrangements.
  • In 2014 and 2015 he was extensively involved with the private club, Hermitage Club of Wilmington, Vermont. During his tenure as an owners representative and project manager, he oversaw project totals in excess of $5 million.
  • Just previously he finished two school remodel/new addition projects in Wilmington, Vermont. These project totals approximately $13 million. Gordon Bristol has dealt with all negotiations with the architect firm, construction managers and vendors on behalf of the school board. The project was a school consolidation project and was done from 2012-2014.
7-19-2021 Breaking Ground Date Announced!

Update - July 19th, 2021

Good afternoon Allenstown!

As many of you know, the Governor has signed the Biennium Budget with $30 Million dollars earmarked for Building Aid. We have heard, officially, that out of that $30 million, our expected 19.5 Million has been awarded for the new K-8 School on River Road.

In order to communicate with the Allenstown Community on a regular basis, Mrs. Kruger, ASD Principal and I will be using this New School website to update you on the building process. Here’s one update for today: The building schedule calls for ‘breaking ground’ in Spring of 2022 with students moving into the new school in the fall of 2023. There’s quite a bit of work to do before we even put the first shovel in the ground. So check in often to see our updates!

Enjoy the rest of your summer and Thank You, Allenstown!

Superintendent Peter Warburton