For immediate release: July 27, 2011

(BOSTON) – State Representative Mark J. Cusack, State Senator Brian A. Joyce, and State Senator John F. Keenan filed a bill on Thursday that will allow the Town of Braintree to issue a design and build contract for a new recreational facility that will include an ice hockey rink and a swimming pool on the Braintree High School campus.  The legislation will also allow the town to enter into a long term lease with a private partner to manage the rink and pool.

“As someone who grew up traveling to neighboring communities for youth hockey practices and games and someone who is well versed in the 48 year saga of the Petersen Pool, I am happy to file this legislation for the construction of this recreational facility,” said Representative Cusack.  “I have worked closely with Mayor Sullivan and Town Council to get this bill finalized and approved at the local level and I look forward to working with my colleagues in the Senate so that we can begin building the rink and pool as soon as possible.”

Typically, public projects involve putting out a Request for Proposal or RFP for the design of the project and then a separate RFP for the construction of the project.  Design Build will allow the Town to put out one request for both the design and construction.  This will ensure that the project will be done efficiently, on budget, and without major issues between the engineer and the contractor.

Braintree will supply the land and $1.5 million from the Petersen Endowment, while the developer, who will be selected by the town, will be faced with the remaining expenses.

“I am very pleased to work with our Legislative Delegation on this project and legislation and I look forward to breaking ground on this project, which is sure to be an asset to the entire community,” said Mayor Sullivan.

“This recreational center will improve the quality of life, not just for the students of Braintree High, but for all the citizens of Braintree,” said Senator Brian A. Joyce.

“The Town of Braintree has always put a priority on providing quality recreational facilities and programs for its residents. This new complex promises to be a wonderful asset for the town, its residents, and its athletic programs,” said Senator Keenan.

In addition to the rink and pool the town is also constructing two turf fields at the high school. As soon as the legislation is signed into law, Braintree will issue the RFP for the design and construction of the new recreational facility