Mount Greylock Regional School building project officials are confident that the new middle-high school is on track to receive the sustainable construction designation it needs in order to receive more financing from the Massachusetts School Building Authority.  reports Thursday, the School Committee sat as the School Building Committee — a designation it took on this summer, along with a few members of the former School Building Committee, as the $64 million addition/renovation project moves into the closeout phase.
Owner's project manager Trip Elmore told the panel that on Friday, documents would be submitted to the U.S. Green Building Council, which administers the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design, or LEED, program.
Elmore said that the project needs to score between 50 and 59 points on the USGBC's scale in order to achieve LEED Silver designation. With that designation comes an additional 2 percent to MSBA's contribution to the project — lowering the impact to taxpayers in Lanesborough and Williamstown.
Superintendent Kimberley Grady told the School Building Committee that the LEED certification process required documentation from the district office and construction manager Turner Construction along with project architect Perkins Eastman.
Elmore said that a decision from USGBC usually takes two to three months.
So it could be up to a year before the state building authority is ready to close the books on the school, where classes began in September 2018.
In the meantime, the district continues to pay remaining bills for the project that broke ground in 2016.

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