June 27, 2012 Facilities Assessment Subcommittee Meeting

The following Districts presented on the progress of their proposed projects at the June 27, 2012 Massachusetts School Building Authority (the “MSBA”) Facilities Assessment Subcommittee (“FAS”) Meeting:

Newburyport Public Schools
Rupert A. Nock Middle School
Current Phase:  Feasibility Study

Owner’s Project Manager: Heery International, Inc.
Designer: Miller Dyer Spears, Inc.

The District, the Owner’s Project Manager, and Design team presented a brief overview of the existing building, the proposed upgrades, and the District’s preferred solution of a renovation to the existing building.  The FAS and MSBA staff inquired about the cost of the renovation and contingencies carried in the budget, the educational plan in regard to the science labs, the science lab layout, structural issues at the existing building, use of the existing courtyard, special education space, and the need for the amount of proposed computer labs.  The FAS requested that the District reconsider the need and use of specific education areas such as the computer labs.  MSBA staff is currently working with the District to reach a mutually agreeable solution to recommend to the MSBA’s Board of Directors. 

Peabody Public Schools
J. Henry Higgins Middle School
Current Phase: Feasibility Study

Owner’s Project Manager: Daedalus Projects, Inc.
Designer: DiNisco Design Partnership, Ltd.

The District, the Owner’s Project Manager, and Design team presented a brief overview of the existing building, the options studied during the Feasibility Study, and the District’s preferred solution of new construction on the existing site.  The FAS and MSBA staff inquired about the site limitations, the layout of the building, the logistics and costs associated with swing space in the addition/renovation option, the usage and size of the proposed courtyard in the new option, and the costs associated with each option.  MSBA staff is currently working with the District to reach a mutually agreeable solution to recommend to the MSBA’s Board of Directors.