Committees clash over architect for Nashua school project
The Joint Special School Board Committee last week rejected the proposal to hire Lavallee Brensinger Architects, the firm that designed both the city’s high schools, and opted instead to go with Harriman Architects. The JSSBC, which includes both the school board and the Board of Aldermen, objected to Lavallee Brensinger because its $546,000 proposal for the job was one of the two highest bids on the table.
“I’m pleased we gave the contract to an architect with a great track record at a good fee,” said Board of Education member Dennis Ryder, who is also a member of the Construction Projects Committee.
But not all the members of the special committee agreed that Lavallee Brensinger’s designs have been sensational.
Board of Education Chairman David Hallowell said he preferred Harriman Architects over Lavallvee Brensinger because of the unique approach the firm took to redesigning the entrances at Broad Street School.
But McCarthy said that Lavallee Brensinger had always be open to negotiating its fee, and the firm assumed that after being selected by the Construction Projects Committee that its had the job.
The Joint Committee voted 8-4 to pass on Lavallee Brensinger with Aldermen McCarthy, Richard Dowd, Mary Ann Melizzi-Golja and Michael Tabacsko voting in favor of the Construction Projects Committee’s pick.
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