New Fire Station Construction Start Has Summer Target
Selectmen approve the architectural contract.
Construction of Westborough's new fire station is targeted for a summer 2013 start, Town Manager Jim Malloy told selectmen Tuesday night.
Town officials are "shooting for a fairly aggressive schedule to get this out to bid in the spring" now that voters have approved funding, Malloy said.
Selectmen voted Tuesday night to approve Westborough's architectural services agreement with Jacunski Humes for $600,000, representing about 5.5 percent of the total project cost.
Voters at the Oct. 15 special town meeting appropriated $11,208,000 to design and build the new station next to the current Milk Street facility, which will be demolished.
The measure passed, 233 to 96. A two-thirds majority was required for approval because the request involved borrowing, Town Moderator Joe Harrington said at the time. The Westborough Municipal Building Committee proposed borrowing $10,008,000, and transferring $1,200,000 from free cash.
Malloy said Tuesday night the new station was discussed at "10 different town meetings."
He said Jacunski Humes provided Westborough with a design proposal at his request. The municipal building committee supported the contract with some "fairly minor" changes, he said.
Westborough "will get design costs, or estimated construction costs, at each phase of the project," Malloy said.
"This way, we'll get costs as the project moves forward," he said.
The $600,000 design contract equals about 6.9 percent of the construction cost, Malloy said.
"Typically, you see architectural fees running around 10 percent," he said.
"As the board's aware, we've been working with Jacunski Humes for a number of years now. So, they've given us a very competitive price to do this."
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