MVRHS chooses Daedalus for first phase of track and field

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Athletic fields at Martha's Vineyard Regional High School show significant signs of wear and tear. — Sam Moore

The Martha’s Vineyard Regional High School (MVRHS) committee voted to authorize Daedalus Projects as the owner’s project manager (OPM) for the first phase of the track and field renovation project at Monday’s meeting. 

The MVRHS facilities subcommittee interviewed three finalists for the position, including Daedalus. Daedalus was recently bought out by CHA Consulting. 

Committee member Skipper Manter said Daedalus will be drawing out the specifications and designs for the project, and overseeing the work. “They will not be doing any of the work themselves, they will be our eyes and ears for the project,” Manter said. 

All committee members voted to approve Daedalus as the owner’s project manager, except for Roxanne Ackerman. 

Daedalus was the initial OPM that contracted with Chris Huntress to assess the track and fields and create preliminary designs for the entire athletic campus

According to athletic director Mark McCarthy, once the school finalizes the contract with Daedalus, they will put out requests for proposals for a design firm that will lay out the project. Once that is done, that design firm will start to render drawings and plans. 

“We already have a pretty good idea of what we are looking at, because designs have already been made by Huntress,” McCarthy said. He suggested Huntress would most likely be a good candidate, although it is not his decision to make. 

Once the plans have been drafted, the school committee will submit the project to the Martha’s Vineyard Commission (MVC) as a development of regional impact. The MVC will conduct internal studies and make recommendations to the school based on its findings. 

Only when the MVC approves the project can the school begin to search for private funding for the track and field.

“We hope to not use any taxpayer dollars for this project,” McCarthy said. “That’s the plan.”