February 24, 2016 Facilities Assessment Subcommittee

The following District presented on the progress of its proposed project at the February 24, 2016 Massachusetts School Building Authority (the “MSBA”) Facilities Assessment Subcommittee (the “FAS”) Meeting:
Town of Amherst
Wildwood Elementary School
Current Phase: Feasibility Study
Owner’s Project Manager: Joslin, Lesser + Associates, Inc. – an NV5 Company
Designer: JCJ Architecture
The District, the Owner’s Project Manager, and design team presented an overview of the options studied during the Feasibility Study and the District’s preferred solution to consolidate the existing Wildwood Elementary School and Fort River Elementary School into a new elementary school serving grades 2-6 on the existing Wildwood Elementary School site. The FAS, MSBA staff, and the District discussed: 1) the World Language Program and how the program fits into the proposed design of the building; 2) the number and location of parking spaces; 3) the infrastructure for proposed technology; 4) the importance of flexibility in design; 5) the location of the media center; 6) the importance of community and teacher support; 7) professional development for educators; 8) site and zoning requirements; 9) site constraints; 10) building layout and design; and 11) the size of the proposed cafeteria.

MSBA staff is currently working with the District to reach a mutually agreeable solution.