Ralph C. Mahar Regional School
Orange, Massachusetts

Dore & Whittier was retained by the Regional School District to provide Owner's Project Management (OPM) services for renovations and additions to this 1,100-student, grade 7-12 school serving four towns. Dore & Whittier was also the Architect on this project (prior to 2005, Massachusetts General Laws allowed such a scenario). This complex, multi-year, phased project was carefully planned and constructed to minimize disruption of ongoing school activities. The 180,000 s.f. project included two full-sized gymnasiums, separate locker rooms for middle and high school students, state-of-the-art media center/library, vocational programs, and separate entries, enabling a school within a school arrangement. We also managed a multi-million dollar environmental remediation effort and coordinated the OPM, design team, Owner, MA DEP, local conservation commission, and contractors to mitigate more than 15,000 cubic yards of fuel oil-contaminated soils.

Dore & Whittier Architects designed the project. View the completed school on our Architecture website.

OPM services provided during the construction phase included:

  • Budget reporting for Owner and third-party interests
  • Full-time, on-site Project Manager
  • Quality control
  • Project meeting and record keeping
  • Schedule management
  • Coordinated Owner provided testing and other services
  • Review of change orders
  • Review of all payment applications
  • Punchlist management
  • Warranties/training coordination
  • FF&E procurement/coordination
  • Owner move-in

Project Details

Owner Ralph C. Mahar Regional School District
Completed 2005
Cost $32 million
SQ. FT. 180,000