December 14, 2016 Facilities Assessment Subcommittee

The following Districts presented on the progress of their proposed projects at the December 14, 2016 Massachusetts School Building Authority (the “MSBA”) Facilities Assessment Subcommittee (the “FAS”) Meeting:
 
Blue Hills Regional Technical School District
Blue Hills Regional Technical High School
Current Phase: Feasibility Study
 
Owner’s Project Manager: Dore & Whittier, LLC
Designer: Drummey Rosane Anderson, Inc.
 
The District, the Owner’s Project Manager, and design team presented a status update of preliminary options studied during Feasibility Study for renovations to the Blue Hills Regional Technical High School. The FAS, MSBA staff, and the District discussed: 1) the team’s ability to establish a scope and budget based on the variability of options; 2) the incorporation of a covered shelter from the front door to the curb; 3) programming concerns regarding future relevance of AutoCad and Auto Collision; 4) continued association with the District’s Licensed Practical Nursing Program; 5) consideration of providing lecture areas within vocational shops; 6) locating permanent equipment/utilities along perimeter walls; 7) providing an opportunity for Blue Hills students to be active in the proposed project; 8) the importance of getting students more involved in performing and visual arts; and 9) an appreciation of DESE’s recent discussions with the District regarding Chapter 74 programs.

MSBA staff awaits the District’s submission of its Preferred Schematic Report and will work with the District to reach a mutually agreeable solution to recommend to the MSBA’s Board of Directors.
 

Triton Regional School District
Pine Grove Elementary School
Current Phase: Feasibility Study
 
Owner’s Project Manager: Pinck & Company, Inc.
Designer: Dore & Whittier, LLC
 
The District, the Owner’s Project Manager, and design team presented a status update of preliminary options studied during Feasibility Study for renovations to the Pine Grove Elementary School. The FAS, MSBA staff, and the District discussed: 1) identifying scope related to proposed accessibility; 2) the proposed need/utilization of a dedicated S.T.E.A.M. room; 3) the possibility of performing project-based learning in general classrooms at the elementary grade level; 4) consideration of installing sinks in all general classrooms; 5) the importance of employing a professional librarian; 6) concern for the current/proposed allotted time dedicated to physical education;  7) consideration of ways to bring back more physical education; 8) consideration of the proposed amount of space associated with the Media Center; 9) the District’s feelings about providing Pre-Kindergarten; and 10) the apparent high cost associated with the limited repair options that were investigated to date.

MSBA staff awaits the District’s submission of its Preferred Schematic Report and will work with the District to reach a mutually agreeable solution to recommend to the MSBA’s Board of Directors.