July 21, 2017 Facilities Assessment Subcommittee

The following Districts presented on the progress of their proposed projects at the July 21, 2017 Massachusetts School Building Authority (the "MSBA") Facilities Assessment Subcommittee (the "FAS") Meeting:
 

Town of Harvard
Hildreth Elementary School
Current Phase: Feasibility Study

Owner's Project Manager: NV5 Global, Inc.
Designer: Arrowstreet, Inc.

The Town of Harvard (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 replace the existing Hildreth Elementary School with a new facility on the existing site. The FAS, MSBA staff, and the District discussed: 1) the educational program and its relation to the proposed building layout; 2) layout and parity of educational pods across grade levels and the location of lower grades in relation to entrances; 3) delivery of world language curriculum in a dedicated classroom versus general classrooms; 4) curriculum delivery for the proposed maker space; 5) inclusion of the Concord Area Special Education (CASE) Collaborative classroom; 6) physical education curriculum and recess; 7) accessibility for hearing impaired students 8) sinks in general classrooms; and, 9) distinction between administrative spaces and teacher planning spaces.

The FAS requested additional information regarding the further development of the conceptual layouts.

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

 
Town of Tisbury
Tisbury School
Current Phase: Feasibility Study

Owner’s Project Manager: Daedalus Projects, Inc.
Designer: Turowski 2 Architecture, Inc.

The Town of Tisbury (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 replace the existing Tisbury School on the existing site. The FAS, MSBA staff, and the District discussed: 1) labeling of proposed Special Education and English Language Learners classrooms within the floor plans to better align with the educational plan; 2) opportunities for multi-lingual instruction in the general education classrooms, and the difference between the World Language classroom and a general education classroom; 3) teacher input related to the considerations made for the school’s educational plan and design; 4) district’s vision of the Technology Lab within the educational program, its adjacencies within the floor plans, and the potential for utilizing its square footage differently; 5) the well-thought-out educational plan, in particular the description of physical education and the notion of school grounds being left unfinished for the students to complete; 6) the idea of incorporating two means of egress in the two upper level science classrooms; 7) design of the entry, site circulation, and location of the parent pick up/drop off area; 8) incorporation of components to display the old/current building in the proposed design; 9) exploring opportunities that will allow community members to interact with students during the school day, while maintaining a secure but welcoming building entrance; 10) location and use of the mechanical room on the second floor; 11) orientation of the art room; 12) status of the Massachusetts Historical Commission approval; and 13) community outreach.

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