New Hunking School Set for Conservation Review Thursday

The Haverhill Conservation Commission has scheduled a hearing on the Hunking School construction project during its meeting Thursday evening, according to Haverhill Public Schools officials.

The school district’s construction management team has submitted design development documents to the commission in advance of the meeting. According to the commission’s agenda, the board will look at the location of the building, playing fields and “other appurtenances” connected with the project. The meeting will be held at 7 p.m., Thursday, in Room 204 of Haverhill City Hall.

In related news, the Hunking School Building Committee recently unanimously approved $8,283 for additional soil borings to get “a more accurate representation of underground soil conditions across the final (building) footprint area,” according to a memorandum from Joslin Lesser + Associates, the project manager for the Hunking School building.

The additional test pits were recommended by LGCI, the geotechnical engineer on the project, because the original footprint of the building changed during the review process.

The geotechnical report on the additional borings will include a description of the subsurface conditions and groundwater data, and provide recommendations for site preparation.

Project managers said they do not anticipate problems during the Conservation Commission review that would affect the timetable for construction.

The cost of the additional test borings is reimbursable by the Massachusetts School Building Authority, according to officials.

Attorney Jonathan Goldfield, a member of the Hunking School Building Committee, called the expenditure “money well spent.”

Ground is expected to be broken in March 2015 and the estimated date for partial occupancy is September, 2016, will full occupancy by January, 2017.