School Building Committee (“SBC”)
The Agawam High School Building Committee (“SBC”) consists of Town and School employees/officials and members of the Community for the purpose of generally monitoring the MSBA Application process and to advise the Town of Agawam during the construction of the Project.
Jim Blain – Principal Agawam High School
Jennifer Bonfiglio – Chief Procurement Officer
Christopher Caputo – Treasurer/Collector
Raymond Casella – Community Member/Local Architect
Robert Clickstein – School Business Administrator
Louis Conte – Retired Agawam Public Schools AD/Teacher
Dawn DeMatteo – School Committee Member
Sheila Hoffman – School Superintendent
Timothy Karetka – Assistant Principal Agawam High School
Brian Melloni – Teacher
Brian Pagella – Building Maintenance Director
William Sapelli – Mayor
Anthony Suffriti – City Councilor
Robin Wozniak – Community Member
Massachusetts Schools Building Authority (“MSBA”)
The Massachusetts School Building Authority (“MSBA”) is a quasi-independent government authority created to reform the process of funding capital improvement projects in the Commonwealth’s public schools. The MSBA strives to work with local communities to create affordable, sustainable, and energy efficient schools across Massachusetts.
The MSBA’s grant program for school building construction and renovation projects is a non-entitlement competitive program. The MSBA’s Board of Directors approves grants based on need and urgency as expressed by the City, Town, Regional School District or independent agricultural and technical school and validated by the MSBA.
The MSBA, which has a dedicated revenue stream of one penny of the state’s 6.25-percent sales tax, has made more than $15.1 billion in reimbursements to cities, towns, and regional school districts for school construction projects through the MSBA’s online Pro-Pay System.
LeftField – Owners Project Manager (“OPM”)
LEFTFIELD is an Owner’s Representative and Project Management firm, established in 2007. We specialize in owners project management services and have significant experience in the public sector, working with municipalities and building authorities. Leftfield’s staff has managed over $2.6 billion in MSBA-funded projects since MSBA’s inception in 2004. As Owners Project Managers, we work in conjunction with the Owner serving as an extension of their staff. Our primary role is to protect the Owner’s interests, to ensure that the Owner is well-served and that the established goals and objectives are met in the most efficient manner, physically and fiscally.
LEFTFIELD is well-versed in all phases of project management: planning, feasibility, preconstruction, design, bidding, construction, commissioning, and close-out. We have significant experience in working on both design-bid-build construction contract methodologies as well as with the Construction Management at-Risk (CM at-Risk) approach. In addition to managing the design and construction of a project, LEFTFIELD has been instrumental in assisting owners with the acceptance and turnover of buildings from construction to operations.
For more information go to www.leftfieldpm.com
Jim Rogers, MCPPO
Principal in Charge
James Riefstahl, MCPPO, LEED AP, CDT
Linda Liporto, MCPPO, LEED, CSL, OSHA
Senior Project Manager
Bernie Melone, OSHA
Lynn Stapleton, MCPPO, AIA, LEED AP
David Saindon, MCPPO, OSHA
Flansburgh Architects – Design Firm
Flansburgh Architects has been selected to provide feasibility and schematic design services for the new Agawam High School Project in Agawam, MA. Flansburgh Architects was ranked the top firm based on similar high school experience, ability to demonstrate cost control strategies, design to the budget, and developed creative spaces that will meet the district’s educational vision.
The Flansburgh team will be led by Kent Kovacs AIA, Principal-in-Charge, to develop an educational sound and fiscally responsible solution for the Agawam High School. Flansburgh Architects is a nationally recognized leader and celebrates 60 years in educational design.
Kent Kovacs, AIA
Principal in Charge
Vince Dube, AIA
Madeleine Le, AIA, LEED AP
Co-Owner & Principal, Terraink Landscape Architect