March 11, 2015 Facilities Assessment Subcommittee

The following Districts presented on the progress of their proposed projects at the March 11, 2015 Massachusetts School Building Authority (the “MSBA”) Facilities Assessment Subcommittee (the “FAS”) Meeting:
 
Town of Brookline
Edward Devotion School
Current Phase: Schematic Design
 
Owner’s Project Manager:  Town Employee, Town of Brookline
Designer:  HMFH Architects
 
The District, the Owner’s Project Manager, and design team presented an update to the District’s preferred solution for an addition to and renovation of the existing 1913 portion of the Edward Devotion School building.  The FAS and staff and members discussed: 1) the design considerations and potential advancements as it relates to classroom and corridor locations, spaces for teacher collaboration, site constraints and impact to classroom wing organization, and access for outdoor classroom and roof maintenance;  2) the clustering of Special Education spaces throughout the building; 3) consideration of including a sink in all general classrooms; 4) the potential for integration of specialty classrooms within each grade cluster; 5) the potential for a review of floor plans that incorporate minor adjustments to the existing plan without changing the massing; 6) the increase in project size and associated costs since approval to proceed into schematic design; and, 7) the project schedule.
 
The FAS requested additional information regarding: 1) the anticipated submittal date for a Massachusetts Historical Commission Project Notification Form; and, 2) the readiness of the District to submit its DESE submission to MSBA for the Edward Devotion School project in advance of the Schematic Design package due at the MSBA on April 16, 2015.
 
MSBA staff is currently working with the District to reach a mutually agreeable solution to recommend to the MSBA’s Board of Directors.
 
 
Narragansett Regional School District
Templeton Center Elementary School
Current Phase: Feasibility Study
 
Owner’s Project Manager:  Strategic Building Solutions, LLC
Designer: SMMA, Inc. and Jones Whitsett Architects, Inc.
 
The District, the Owner’s Project Manager, and design team presented an update to the District’s progress in Feasibility Study.  The FAS and staff and members discussed: 1) the Educational Program driving the District’s proposed solution; 2) the traffic impact associated with the proposed project and site; 3) the proposed project schedule that demonstrates completing schematic design submittal for consideration at the MSBA’s November 18, 2015 Board of Director’s Meeting; and 4) the importance of concluding the Feasibility Study and schematic design analysis and securing community support in a timely manner.
 
The FAS requested and received a written request to extend the term of the Feasibility Study Agreement to allow for the District to complete its Feasibility Study and schematic design submittals by November 2015.
 
MSBA staff is currently working with the District to understand the District’s plan and commitment to completing a Feasibility Study and schematic design, in order to recommend to the MSBA's Board of Directors an amendment to the District’s Feasibility Study Agreement.