On or about April 6th 2015, the Owner submitted a Statement of Interest to the MSBA for the Maria Weston Chapman Middle School. The MSBA is an independent public authority that administers and funds a program for grants to eligible cities, towns, and regional school districts for school construction and renovation projects. The MSBA’s grant program is discretionary, and no city, town, or regional school district has any entitlement to any funds from the MSBA. At the November 9th, 2016. Board of Directors meeting, the MSBA Board voted to issue an invitation to the Owner to conduct a feasibility study for this Statement of Interest to identify and study possible solutions and, through a collaborative process with the MSBA, reach a mutually-agreed upon solution. The MSBA has not approved a Project and the results of this feasibility study may or may not result in a Project approved by the MSBA.
It is anticipated that the feasibility study will review the problems identified in the Statement of Interest at the MWCMS.
The Feasibility Study shall include a study of all alternatives and contain all information required by 963 CMR 2.10(8) and any other applicable rules, regulations, policies, guidelines and directives of the Authority, including, but not limited to, a final design program, space summary, budget statement for educational objectives, and a proposed total project budget. The Schematic Design shall include, but not be limited to, the information required by the Authority’s Feasibility Study Guidelines, including, but not limited to, a site development plan, environmental assessment, geotechnical assessment, geotechnical analysis, code analysis, utility analysis, schematic building floor plans, schematic exterior building elevations, narrative building systems descriptions, MA-CHPS or LEED-S scorecard, outline specifications, cost estimates, project schedule and proposed total project budget.
Project Objectives under consideration by the Town include:
o Reduce the number of student transitions between schools; by redistricting and consolidating grade levels.
o Include the option of a separate cafeteria and auditorium to address the significance of those facilities to the Community, taking into consideration the architectural design as well as community support for fine and performing arts;
o Address potential future enrollment increases;
o Consider designs and spaces incorporated into a building that will allow community access and events outside of school hours such as a common auditorium/ learning/ conference space.
o Provide spaces that allow the district the capacity to utilize their electronic curricululum and learning tools in all areas of the building.
o Consider redistricting and space issues across the district including the need for additional pre-school development classrooms, and spaces for kindergarten
o Provide integrated space for specialized education services (SPED) for current and future SPED programs within the district
o Address life cycle costs of operating the school as it relates to future operational budgets;
Review Northeast Collaborative for High Performance Schools (NE-CHPS) criteria or US Green Building Council’s LEED for Schools