Construction manager hired to complete LHS renovation projects

LACONIA — The tentative scope of the $1.8 million renovation of the high school made possible by a federal grant administered through the state Department of Eduction is to sprinklered the entire building and replace the ventilation systems in the center portion of the building where there are no windows, in the library, and in the auditorium.

The above three ventilation systems were included in the original Huot Center renovation project but had to be eliminated for cost reasons.

School administrators said they will also hire local engineering contractor Rist-Front, Shumway to do the engineering.

RFS, said School Business Administrator Ed Emond to the Facilities Committee of the School Board last night, was the firm for the recently completed Huot Center project and was intimately familiar with the LHS campus already.

The school will use a "construction manager" system of project management this time around, using Harvey Construction of Bedford.

Harvey will bid individual components of the job with oversight from the school administration.

Emond said this made sense because the project has a short time frame — it will begin in April of 2014 and hopefully be done by September of 2014. School Board members agreed.

School officials said they would meet with state and local fire officials to see if the entire building must be sprinklered. If not, they may re-purpose some of the no-interest loan to ventilation.