October 17, 2012 Facilities Assessment Subcommittee Meeting

The following Districts presented on the progress of their proposed project at the October 17, 2012 Massachusetts School Building Authority (the “MSBA”) Facilities Assessment Subcommittee (“FAS”) Meeting:
 
Berkshire Hills Regional School District
Monument Mountain Regional High School
Current Phase: Feasibility Study
 
Owner’s Project Manager: Strategic Building Solutions
Designer: Symmes, Maini & McKee Associates
 
The District, the Owner’s Project Manager, and design team presented an overview of the options studied during the Feasibility Study and the District’s preferred solution of an addition and renovation project at the Monument Mountain Regional High School. The FAS and MSBA staff inquired about the following items: 1) Early childhood program; 2) Special education program, specifically the locations of program space in the building, adjacencies, size of the identified spaces, and the self-contained classrooms; 3) Usage of the windowless interior classroom space in art classrooms and STEM labs; 4) Hazardous materials and chemistry lab storage space; 5) Vocational educational program spaces; and 6) Voice enhancement technology in the classrooms.
 
MSBA staff is currently working with the District to reach a mutually agreeable solution to recommend to the MSBA’s Board of Directors.
 
City of Chicopee
Chicopee Academy
Current Phase:  Feasibility Study
 
Owner’s Project Manager: Arcadis U.S., Inc
Designer: Caolo & Bieniek Associates, Inc
 
The District, the Owner’s Project Manager, and design team presented an overview of the options studied during the Feasibility Study and the District’s preferred solution of a renovation project at the Chicopee Academy.  The FAS and MSBA staff inquired about the following items: 1) Proposed redistricting plan for the District’s middle school student population and the impact to the district’s economic profile; 2) Proposed special education program offerings and associated spaces; 3) Preliminary cost estimates for the options studied; 4) Proposed new program offerings at both middle schools; and 5) Proposed technology program offerings. 
 
MSBA staff is currently working with the District to reach a mutually agreeable solution to recommend to the MSBA’s Board of Directors. 

Spencer-East
Brookfield Regional School District
David Prouty High School
Current Phase: Feasibility Study
 
Owner’s Project Manager: Dore & Whittier Management Partners
Designer: Design Partnership of Cambridge, Inc.
 
The District, the Owner’s Project Manager, and design team presented an overview of the options studied during the Feasibility Study and the District’s preferred solution of an addition and renovation project at the David Prouty High School. The FAS and MSBA staff inquired about the following items: 1) District’s technology plan; 2) Special education program, specifically the programs offered and staffing; and 3) The District’s Chapter 74 approved programs and its other programs that are not Chapter 74 approved, vocational and technical education space, and student participation in the associated programs.
 
MSBA staff is currently working with the District to reach a mutually agreeable solution to recommend to the MSBA’s Board of Directors.
 
Wachusett
Regional School District
Mountview Middle School
Current Phase: Feasibility Study
 
Owner’s Project Manager: Gary Kaczmarek, Town Employee
Designer: Design Lamoureux Pagano Associates, Inc.
 
The District, the Owner’s Project Manager, and design team presented an overview of the options studied during the Feasibility Study and the District’s preferred solution of a new Mountview Middle School. The FAS and MSBA staff inquired about the following items: 1) Programmatic reasoning for the location of two self-contained special education classrooms adjacent to each other on the second and third floors of the building; 2) Size, location, staffing, and usage of the proposed media center; and 3) District’s technology program as it relates to internet usage and instructional materials.
 
MSBA staff is currently working with the District to reach a mutually agreeable solution to recommend to the MSBA’s Board of Directors.