March 29, 2017 Facilities Assessment Subcommittee

The following Districts presented on the progress of their proposed projects at the March 29, 2017 Massachusetts School Building Authority (the "MSBA") Facilities Assessment Subcommittee (the "FAS") Meeting:
 

City of Everett
George Keverian School
Current Phase: Feasibility Study

Owner’s Project Manager: Symmes Maini & McKee Associates, Inc.
Designer: Mount Vernon Group Architects, Inc.

The City of Everett (the "District"), the Owner’s Project Manager, and design team presented its overview of the options studied during the Feasibility Study and the District’s preferred solution for a new facility on the Florence Street site. The FAS, MSBA staff, and the District discussed: 1) the clear and concise nature of the educational program; 2) the location and number of elevators in the proposed building; 3) the location of extended day programs; 4) logistics of the music program; 5) eligibility of the underground parking garage; 6) intended uses of the courtyard; 7) how the mass of the proposed building fits with other buildings in the neighborhood; 8) potential for sinks and FM sound assistance to be provided in all classrooms; 9) site selection and the District’s preparedness to complete associated requirements with Article 97 land use, if necessary; 10) recommendation for science labs to incorporate a connecting door to the adjacent classroom, as opposed to through the prep room; and, 11) recommendation for the resource rooms and the adjacent classroom to swap locations in some pods so that the SPED resource rooms are not located at the end of the hallway.

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

 
Town of Middleborough
Middleborough High School
Current Phase: Feasibility Study

Owner’s Project Manager: Compass Project Management
Designer: Drummey Rosane Anderson, Inc.

The Town of Middleborough (the "District"), the Owner’s Project Manager, and design team presented its overview of the options studied during the Feasibility Study and the District’s preferred solution to replace the existing high school facility with a new Middleborough High School on the existing site. The FAS, MSBA staff, and the District discussed: 1) planned use of FM sound assistance technology; 2) utilization and management of the proposed maker space; 3) location and grouping of Special Education classrooms; 4) benefits associated with Advanced Placement course offerings and interdisciplinary programming; 5) location and utilization of the proposed black box theater as it relates to the educational program; 6) consideration of adjacencies, particularly visual arts and performing arts spaces; 7) location and use of interior spaces such as the teacher planning and resource rooms; 8) the physical education schedule; 9) recommendation that science labs incorporate a connecting door to the adjacent classroom; 10) flexibility of science labs to accommodate potential future programming changes; and, 11) discussion around the Town’s maintenance practices and long-term capital investments

The FAS requested additional information regarding: the proposed placement of the clustered Special Education spaces, the proposed utilization of the black box theater and placement of potentially related spaces such as art and music classrooms and the maker-space; and consideration of improvements to the proposed planning areas that do not contain access to natural light.

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

Staff Summary of Meeting