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“Building Hardening” at Pawtucket Schools

From new secured vestibules to bullet resistant doors and security cameras, Phase II of Pawtucket’s School Security Upgrades have begun with the issuance of an RFP with a deadline for bids of January 7th, 2020.

These upgrades are for the city’s seven elementary schools and follow Phase I which has been completed for the city’s two public high schools, Shea and Tolman, as well as Jenks, Goff, and Slater Middle Schools and the Pawtucket Learning Academy. Potter and Greene security was part of a separate, overall renovation.

The schools that will receive the new security measures are:

Elizabeth Baldwin School – 50 Whitman St.

M. Virginia Cunningham School – 40 Baldwin St.

Flora S. Curtis School – 582 Benefit St.

Curvin McCabe School – 466 Cottage St.

Fallon Memorial School – 62 Lincoln Ave.

Agnes E. Little School – 60 S. Bend S.

Francis J. Varieur School – 486 Pleasant St.

The RFP is for all labor, supervision, materials, equipment and services required to complete the scope of work which is, in general, to construct new secured vestibules at each school including new bullet resistant doors, frames, glazing, window teller drawers with microphones, new interior and exterior doors, frames and hardware, automatic door openers, metal stud and gypsum board, new bullet resistant wall panel system, new bullet resistant glazing system, painting, acoustical ceilings; new security cameras, access control systems, intercom clocks and public address system, report systems, exterior wall pack light fixtures; new electrical wiring, boxes, devices, and low voltage systems for complete installation.

This project came about when the Pawtucket School Committee engaged with a Security Consultant to evaluate risks campus-wide and develop the plan of action, according to the city of Pawtucket, which responded to RINewsToday’s request for more details.

When reached for comment, Jay Charbonneau, Chairman of the Pawtucket School Committee, said, “The Pawtucket School Dept. with support of Mayor Grebien’s Adminstration and the Pawtucket City Council have invested heavily in school security over the last 5 years. Of course none of it is possible without the citizens of Pawtucket who overwhelming support our school bonds.  Those investments include double entry door systems, elimination of keys throughout the district to a key fob system. Millions of dollars in fire alarm and fire suppression upgrades. While the advances and upgrades made in security across the district has been inspiring we have much more work to do.  We are hopeful our district’s Stage 2 plan currently in front of RIDE will be approved, allowing us to continue to transform this district. Our goal is to make Pawtucket the safest and best school district, nothing less.”

The total amount for the project is $6.2 million, which comes as part of a $24 million bond.

Bids are to be submitted to the Pawtucket School Department Office of the Superintendent, 286 Main Street, Pawtucket, RI 02860, marked “Pawtucket School Department Bid Package #C2019-22 Phase II Security Upgrades-7 Elementary Schools”.

The soliciting agent is Edward Rowse Architects, of East Providence. Contact is Janet Lever at 331-9200 or

A pre-bid conference for companies interested in responding to the RFP will be held on December 10th at 10am at the Flora S. Curtis Memorial Elementary School, 582 Benefit Street, and the RFP highly encourages bidders to attend.

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