August 28, 2013 Facilities Assessment Subcommittee Meeting

The following Districts presented on the progress of their proposed projects at the August 28, 2013 Massachusetts School Building Authority (the “MSBA”) Facilities Assessment Subcommittee (“FAS”) Meeting:
 
City of Gloucester
West Parish Elementary School
Current Phase: Feasibility Study
 
Owner’s Project Manager: Knight Bagge & Anderson, Inc.
Designer: Dore & Whittier Architects, Inc.

 
The District, the owner’s project manager, and design team presented an overview of the educational program, the site, the options studied during the Feasibility Study, and the District’s preferred solution of constructing a new West Parish Elementary School.  The FAS raised concerns about the following items: 1) the location of OT/PT special education space in relation to other educational spaces; and 2) the distance of handicapped parking and drop-off zones from the building entrances.  The FAS and MSBA staff also inquired about the District’s technology goals and the need for a dedicated computer lab, the level of technology staffing, and the District’s educational program regarding in-class science integration and exploration of outdoor science opportunities. 
 
MSBA staff is currently working with the District to reach a mutually agreeable solution to recommend to the MSBA’s Board of Directors.
 
 
Town of Georgetown
Georgetown Middle/High School
Current Phase: Feasibility Study
 
Owner’s Project Manager: Municipal Building Consultants, Inc.
Designer: Drummey Rosane Anderson, Inc.

 
The District, the owner’s project manager, and design team presented an overview of the educational program, the site, the options studied during the Feasibility Study, and the District’s preferred solution of a limited renovation and repair to the Georgetown Middle/High School facility.  The FAS and MSBA staff inquired about the following items: 1) the District’s plan to complete an evaluation and develop a solution to correct existing site drainage issues and how this may affect timing for MSBA staff to forward a recommendation to its Board of Directors; 2) the Middle School science lab locations and possible adjustments to science lab layouts; 3) the Middle School and High School functional and administrative separation; and 4) the Department of Early and Secondary Education feedback on the proposed special education layout.
 
MSBA staff is currently working with the District to reach a mutually agreeable solution for addressing the issues identified at the Georgetown Middle/High School facility.  

City of Boston
Henry Dearborn Middle School
Current Phase: Feasibility Study
 
Owner’s Project Manager: Daedalus Projects, Inc.
Designer: Jonathan Levi Architects, LLC

 
The City, the owner’s project manager, and design team presented an overview of the educational program, the site, the options studied during the Feasibility Study, and the District’s preferred solution to replace the existing Middle School facility with a new (grades 6-12) STEM Academy on the existing site. The FAS raised concerns about the following items: 1) the proposed scheduling as it relates to student lab and material fabrication time;  2) the preparation for development and delivery of the STEM curriculum; and 3) the commitment to staffing and operational budgets in support of delivery of the proposed STEM curriculum.  The FAS and MSBA staff discussed with the District the following items: 1) the District’s proposed technology plan; 2) the number of general academic classrooms; and 3) the size of the science/exploratory spaces.
 
MSBA staff is currently working with the District to reach a mutually agreeable solution to recommend to the MSBA’s Board of Directors.