April 12, 2017 Facilities Assessment Subcommittee

The following Districts presented on the progress of their proposed projects at the April 12, 2017 Massachusetts School Building Authority (the "MSBA") Facilities Assessment Subcommittee (the "FAS") Meeting:

Town of Saugus
Saugus High School
Current Phase: Schematic Design

Owner’s Project Manager: PMA Construction Services
Designer: HMFH Architects, Inc.

The Town of Saugus (the "District"), the Owner’s Project Manager, and design team presented an update to the District’s Proposed Project which replaces the existing Saugus High School with a new grades 6-12 middle/high school on the existing site. The FAS, MSBA staff, and the District discussed: 1) updates to the floor and site plans since February 1, 2017; 2) shelter and handicapped access at the front entrance; 3) scheduling and integration of different grades in various floors of the building; 4) the importance of circulation; 5) flexibility of floors, pods, and breakout spaces; and 6) the potential for future expansion and its impact on grade organization.

MSBA staff is continuing to work with the District as they develop a robust schematic design of sufficient detail to establish the scope, budget and schedule for the Proposed Project.

Town of Clarksburg
Clarksburg School
Current Phase: Feasibility Study

Owner’s Project Manager: PCA360, LLC
Designer: Jones Whitsett Architects, Inc.

The Town of Clarksburg (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 for an addition and renovation project to the existing Clarksburg School. The FAS, MSBA staff, and the District discussed: 1) the educational program and its relation to the proposed building layout; 2) addition of a Pre-Kindergarten classroom; 3) student access to the adjacent Town library; 4) advantages of the proposed gymnasium; 5) programming for self-contained Special Education classrooms and recommendation that they more closely resemble regular classrooms; 6) potential improvements in accessibility including an exterior and an interior ramp; 7) discussion around the District’s plan for swing space and prior local conversations regarding regionalization; and 8) use of a temporary stage for performances.

The FAS requested additional information regarding: 1) the educational program and 2) progress of the conceptual design.

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

Staff Summary of Meeting