February 25, 2015 Facilities Assessment Subcommittee

The following Districts presented on the progress of their proposed projects at the February 25, 2015 Massachusetts School Building Authority (the “MSBA”) Facilities Assessment Subcommittee (the “FAS”) Meeting:
 
City of Beverly
Briscoe Middle School
Current Phase: Feasibility Study
 
Owner’s Project Manager: HEERY International
Designer: Ai3 Architects 
 
The District, the Owner’s Project Manager, and design team presented its overview of the options studied during the Feasibility Study and the District’s preferred solution to replace the existing Briscoe Middle School facility and the Memorial Building with a new 5-8 facility on the site of the defunct Memorial Middle School facility. The FAS and staff and members discussed: 1) Grade configurations and academic neighborhoods; 2) Consideration of including a sink in all classrooms; 3) Professional development for staff;  4) Design considerations as it relates to science rooms, courtyard maintenance, and security; 5) Handicap design provisions and accessibility; 6) Flexibility of Design to accommodate fluctuations in enrollment; 7) Building design and envelope; 8) After-school programming and, 9) ineligible costs.
 
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 New Bedford
John Hannigan Elementary School
Current Phase: Feasibility Study
 
Owner’s Project Manager: Daedalus Projects
Designer: T2 Architecture
 
The District, the Owner’s Project Manager, and design team presented its overview of the options studied during the Feasibility Study and the District’s preferred solution to replace the existing John Hannigan Elementary School on the existing site. The FAS and staff and members discussed: 1) Concerns as it relates to previous visits to the Lincoln Elementary School and Keith Middle School regarding the apparent high student population per classroom and other program delivery questions, and how this might translate to the proposed class sizes associated with the preferred solution for the Hannigan Elementary School project; 2) Timing and requirements of State and local historical concern as they relate to the existing Hannigan building and other associated properties; 3) Timing associated with acquiring additional property required as part of the District’s preferred solution and how it relates to scope, budget, and schedule; and, 4) Implementing the proposed educational program for Hannigan students who will remain at the Sea Lab facility until completion of the proposed Hannigan project.
 
MSBA staff is currently working with the District to reach a mutually agreeable solution to recommend to the MSBA’s Board of Directors.