March 20, 2013 Facilities Assessment Subcommittee Meeting

The following Districts presented on the progress of their proposed project at the March 20, 2013 Massachusetts School Building Authority (the “MSBA”) Facilities Assessment Subcommittee (“FAS”) Meeting:

City of Newton 
A.E. Angier Elementary School
Current Phase: Feasibility Study


Owner’s Project Manager: Joslin, Lesser & Associates
Designer: DiNisco Design Partnership, Ltd.


The District, the Owner’s Project Manager, and design team presented an overview of the options studied during the Feasibility Study, the site, and the District’s preferred solution to construct a new A.E. Angier Elementary School on the existing site. The FAS and MSBA staff inquired about the following items: 1) preliminary cost estimates; 2) potential for the creation of garden space on the plaza area with access from science classrooms; 3) adequate quantity of restrooms throughout the proposed facility; and 4) sufficient lighting in the shared cubby spaces on the hallway side of 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.

Town of Winthrop
Winthrop High School
Current Phase: Feasibility Study


Owner’s Project Manager: Skanska USA Building
Designer: HMFH Architects, Inc.


The District, the Owner’s Project Manager, and design team presented an overview of the options studied during the Feasibility Study, the site, and the District’s preferred solution to replace the existing Winthrop Middle and High Schools with a new 6-12 facility on the existing high school site.  The FAS and MSBA staff inquired about the following items: 1) site circulation and potential flooding; 2) delivery of science curriculum; 3) preliminary cost estimates; and 4) schedule.  Additionally, the FAS and MSBA staff raised concerns about the following items: 1) location of the service entrance and connection to the kitchen area; 2) configuration of the science labs in the high school science department; 3) adequate acoustical separation between the auditorium and gym floors; 4) staff access and circulation pathways between the high school and middle school portions of the facility; 5) location of the elevators in both the high and middle school; and 6) size and location of the special education rooms throughout the facility. 

MSBA staff is currently working with the District to reach a mutually agreeable solution to recommend to the MSBA’s Board of Directors.