November 14, 2012
The University of Maine at Fort Kent and Maine School Administrative District #27 have formed a Building Committee to assist the two organizations during the design and construction of the Pleasant Street Academy Biomass Project.
The University and MSAD #27 received a $2.7 million U.S. Department of Agriculture grant last year to construct a biomass heating system to heat 11 buildings on the UMFK and Fort Kent Community High School campuses. The multi-million project is expected to save the two institutions more than $4 million in energy costs during the next 10 years.
The building committee will review issues pertaining to the project's design, schedule, budget and administration, and communications and outreach. The committee will meet as necessary during the next two years.
Named to the Building Committee were:
From MSAD #27 – Joel Bossie, school board member; Dawn Dougan, building principal; John Kaleta, teacher; Rudy Martin, facilities personnel; Kelly O'Leary, school board member.
From UMFK – Justin Dubois and Brad Hansen from the University's Board of Visitors; Steve Hansen, faculty; John Martin, Center for Rural Sustainable Development; Ray Phinney, resident life staff; Fran Picard and Bob Weyeneth, facilities personnel; and Lucien Theriault, from the UMFK Foundation.
The project will be managed by a Combined Management Team consisting of MSAD#27 Superintendent Tim Doak and Chief Financial Officer, Lucie Tabor, and UMFK Vice President of Administration, John Murphy and Director of Facilities, Andy Jacobs.
The project has retained the Bangor, Maine-based architectural firm, Dirigo, to perform construction management.