$165M Grant awarded for an Addition/Renovation at B.M.C. Durfee High School

BOSTON - State Treasurer Deborah B. Goldberg, Chair of the Massachusetts School Building Authority ("MSBA"), and MSBA Executive Director John K. McCarthy announced today that the MSBA Board of Directors voted to approve a grant of up to $165,084,900 million for an addition/renovation project at the B.M.C. Durfee High School located in the City of Fall River. One of the next steps is for the District and the MSBA to enter into a Project Funding Agreement, which details the project’s scope and budget, along with the conditions under which the District will receive its MSBA grant.

"Upon completion, this project will provide a new 21st century learning environment for High School students in Fall River," Treasurer Goldberg said. "Our goal is to create the best space to deliver the District’s educational commitments and goals."

The proposed project will create a new 501,330 square foot facility to replace the current building, which suffers from deficiencies in major building systems including mechanical, electrical and plumbing systems. The District also reported in their Statement of Interest, that the current structure suffers from window/ roofing deficiencies and additional physical plant issues, subsequently resulting in the District being unable to deliver its educational program. The District and MSBA have mutually agreed upon a design enrollment of 2,570 students serving grades 9-12.

"Students will soon have a beautiful new space which will undoubtedly enhance and improve their ability to excel in the classroom," stated Executive Director McCarthy.

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 1,750 site visits to more than 250 school districts as part of its due diligence process and has made over $13 billion in reimbursements for school construction projects.