Taunton’s Mulcahey school project under budget and on schedule
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Construction of the new James L. Mulcahey Elementary School is running on schedule and will cost the city $6.4 million less than initially expected, according to officials. “This project landed very well,” is how project manager Daniel Tavares puts it. Tavares, principal for Fall River-based CGA Project Management LLC, says what initially had been estimated as a $65 million project now stands at less than $57.4 million.
The city’s financial obligation, he said, has dropped from $22.6 million to $16.2 million, while that of the Massachusetts School Building Authority has decreased $1.2 million, he said. The city eventually stands to be reimbursed by the MSBA for the balance of the $41.2 million being borrowed by means of municipal bonds. Taunton Mayor Thomas Hoye Jr. — who delivered the good news just over a month ago to the City Council — said he’s pleased with where things currently stand.
“We’re on target and will be ready for September 2020,” when classes begin, Hoye said. Tavares said construction of the building, which is now 30 percent completed, will wrap up by mid-June of next year. He estimates it will take until early August for furniture and equipment to be placed and installed so that faculty and other staffers can begin working in the new school building. The new structure is being built next to the still-functioning, original Mulcahey school that opened in 1954.