1. 'Enormous pent-up need' propels public school construction across Western Massachusetts

    'Enormous pent-up need' propels public school construction across Western Massachusetts

    It’s all part of a wave of school construction that includes $7 million in new science labs at Dean Technical High School in Holyoke and the $107 million high school now under construction in West Springfield that is expected to be completed in the spring of 2014. South Hadley plans to replace Plains Elementary School at a cost of $28 million. Chicopee has received state approval for a $30 million renovation of Chicopee Academy, according to the Massachusetts School Building Authority.

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    1. Also, until recently, competitive bids for these projects were coming in 15 percent to 20 percent lower than expectations.
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