MSBA Board Votes to Move Cabot Elementary School in Newton into Schematic Design Phase

August 6, 2015

State Treasurer Deborah B. Goldberg, Chair of the Massachusetts School Building Authority (“MSBA”), and Jack McCarthy, MSBA Executive Director, announced today that the MSBA Board of Directors voted to move Newton’s Cabot Elementary School into the Schematic Design phase. In the Schematic Design phase, Newton and the MSBA will look at options for a potential addition and renovation project at the school. The next step is for the MSBA to work in collaboration with the District to produce detailed designs for a potential school project.
“Thanks to our collaboration with the District, we are working to build a safe and modern educational facility that will provide students with a top-notch learning environment,” said Treasurer Goldberg.
The proposed project would renovate 28,000 square feet of space at the school and create 56,400 square feet of new space. The current facility suffers from deficiencies in major building systems including mechanical, electrical, plumbing and roof. Cabot Elementary School was built in 1929 and serves 480 students in Kindergarten through grade 5.
“Production and approval of a schematic design will help us to determine the final budget for the potential project,” Executive Director McCarthy said.
The MSBA partners with Massachusetts communities to support the design and construction of educationally-appropriate, flexible, sustainable and cost-effective public school facilities. Since its 2004 inception, the Authority has made over 1,600 site visits to more than 250 school districts as part of its due diligence process and has made over $11.5 billion in reimbursements for school construction projects.