After serving on the town’s Miller-Driscoll Building Committee since it was created in May 2013, co-chair Bruce Hampson told the members of the committee at their Thursday afternoon (Jan. 7) meeting that he had decided to step down, effective immediately.

His co-chair, Karen Birck, had previously resigned her post on the MD Building Committee meeting on Dec. 8. Hampson’s departure leaves the committee without a co-chair, a position which first selectman Lynne Vanderslice will now look to fill.

Hampson said that the town’s recently-hired facilities manager, Christopher Burney, will be able to step in on the oversight of construction matters.

Prior to his service on the MD Building Committee, Hampson had served in some capacity on every capital project undertaken in Wilton since co-chairing the Wilton High School building project, which began in 2007.

Hampson has been recognized for his work on the Miller-Driscoll project. The Democratic Town Committee named Birck and  Hampson “Citizen of the Year” in April 2015 for their work leading the Miller-Driscoll Building Committee. Hampson served as the chairman of the Wilton Energy Commission (2007-2015) and has been recognized for his leadership in sustainability, earning the Connecticut Climate Change Leadership Award in 2010 and the Wilton Go Green Energy Effectiveness Award in 2015.

He was recently honored at a testimonial dinner in December, where he received an official citation from the State of Connecticut General Assembly, read by state Rep. Gail Lavielle (R-143), and an official proclamation by Gov. Dannel Malloy, read by Sen. Toni Boucher (R-26).

During his time on the Miller-Driscoll Building Committee, Hampson has also faced criticism from opponents to the project, including members of  Sensible Wilton and residents affiliated with the ad hoc group.

The remarks he made at yesterday’s meeting are below:

“When Dick Dubow and Bill [Brennan] asked me to chair the Miller-Driscoll Renovation project three years ago, I agreed to do so until the project was bid and the trade contracts approved. We have now arrived at that point, so effective this evening, I am stepping down as chair and member of the committee. Lynne [Vanderslice], Dick and others have know this for some time.

It was not an easy decision for me. I love what we do and the design and construction process — made more meaningful to me by who our constituency is…. 800 children. But it is imperative I do so at this time for certain personal concerns.

You should all be proud of what we have accomplished — It wasn’t a piece of cake. You sure have been resilient and kept your focus on our mandate and the goal. We and the Town of Wilton are so very fortunate to have the architect, Tai Soo Kim, and Turner Construction on the Miller-Driscoll team. They are the best in the business.

I thought we would have gotten a ticker tape parade when we brought the project in more than $5M under budget … not to be. But we got something better:  a cheer from our constituency of 800 children.

I hope I will be able to be a resource to the A&E team and Turner in the area of commissioning , HVAC and Building Management System — as the project progresses. We’ll see.

Going forward, Chris Burney, our director of facilities and energy management will play an important role now that construction has begun. The committee role is not diminished one bit.

  • Communication with parents and staff will be more important than ever
  • Decisions on the details of finishes and furnishings
  • Reviewing and approving change order requests will be a major responsibility.

You are a great team. Thank you.