2018 Sebago Technics “Project of the Year Award”

Morse High SchoolThis year we started the “Project of the Year Award.” This award is for projects in a given year that we feel stood out from the hundreds we do annually. Some of the criteria for this award include: innovative or unique design; engagement of multiple disciplines within the company; involvement/teamwork of staff; represents a new or growing market or service area; received external recognition or acclaim; impact to surrounding community; and best reflects our core principles.

Rendering Morse High School

There are hundreds of projects a year that our team works on, with numerous projects that could qualify for the award. So we asked each of our employee-owners for their ideas on which project they felt worthy of receiving this year’s inaugural award. While size is not a criteria for winning the award, the winning project is one of our largest. This project was a major collaboration between project team members including 67 members across all disciplines within Sebago. In many ways it is an ‘ideal’ Sebago project because it has involved every discipline in the company, had unique design challenges, and when completed, it will have a tremendous beneficial impact to the community.

The Project of the Year for 2018 is Morse High School and Regional Technical Center! Congrats to Project Manager Kylie Mason, and the entire team that worked on this project!

About the Project:

SUMMARY: Working in tandem with Lavallee Brensinger Architects, Sebago Technics designed, engineered and permitted a new Morse High School and Regional Technical Center for RSU One in Maine.

SCOPE: The building, to be built north of the Wing Farm business park, will replace the nearly 90-year-old Morse school at 826 High St. The planned three-story building is nearly 186,000 square feet, a bit larger than the school and separate Bath Regional Career and Technical Center (BRCTC) combined.

The design of a new Morse High School is a vision of the future that reflects the legacy of the past. Morse has a current student population of 615. The new facility is designed for 650 students. The new site allows for 2 new artificial turf soccer fields, parking for 285 cars and safe drop-off areas for buses and parents driving students to school. The proximity to the Middle School allows for a more comprehensive campus feeling.

The project connects to Congress Avenue and the Middle School with a new pedestrian and bicycle path expansion. A new span bridge creates safe, visible access to the new school and allows for accessible grades from the front door of the Middle school to front door to the new High School. Off-site traffic improvements include a dedicated left hand turn lane and sidewalks on both sides of Congress Avenue. Two new crosswalks with flashing beacon signals allow safer access for the community to the recreational resources.

The Team managed a collaborative design with significant input from the community, the Bath School District, the Maine Department of Education, and the Maine Bureau of General Services. The project began site construction in July of 2018 and is expected to be completed in 2020.

SOLUTION: Upon completion of an extensive site selection study employing a sophisticated GIS – SMARTMAP database, Sebago Technics moved rapidly through design, site engineering, development and permitting for the Project.

FACTS:

  • This project was a major collaboration between project team members including 67 members across all disciplines within Sebago, including traffic, landscape architecture, civil, survey, environmental, and GIS.
  • The project will result in approximately 400,000 cubic yards of bedrock removal, ultimately creating a 60 foot open ledge cut at the rear of the site.
  • Sebago began work on the project in November of 2014.
  • When completed, the project will provide the entire Bath Community with a modern education and community facility.

PEOPLE:
Project Manager: Kylie Mason, RLA, LEED-AP
Stamping Engineer: Craig Burgess, PE
Lead Surveyor: Jacob Bartlett, PLS
Lead Engineers: Amber Ferland, PE & Brandon Blake

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