June 7, 2017 Facilities Assessment Subcommittee

The following District presented on the progress of its proposed project at the June 7, 2017 Massachusetts School Building Authority (the "MSBA") Facilities Assessment Subcommittee (the "FAS") Meeting:

City of Worcester
South High Community School
Current Phase: Feasibility Study

Owner’s Project Manager: Heery International
Designer: Lamoureux Pagano & Associates

The City of Worcester (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 Design to replace the existing South High Community School facility with a new building on the existing South High Community School site. The FAS, MSBA staff, and the District discussed: 1) organization of the Freshman Academy; 2) block scheduling; 3) number of proposed lunch seatings; 4) concerns regarding the location of physical education associated spaces relative to the location of life skills spaces; 5) teacher involvement in the design and planning of educational spaces; 6) integration of life skills spaces and students into the general community; 7) location of locker rooms and elevators, and the number of elevators; 8) number and use of temporary computer labs; 9) building massing, orientation to daylighting, relationship to the outdoors, and the flexibility of the spaces; 10) benefits associated with Advanced Placement course offerings; 11) interdisciplinary programming; and 12) orientation of art classrooms and their relationship to north side exposure.

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