October 27. 2019
Dear Members of the Concord and Concord-Carlisle School Communities:
Today, I share an update from the Concord Middle School Building Committee. This Committee’s work aligns with the District’s Strategic Plan by continuing the process toward a new middle school. We will continue to provide information throughout the year.
Dr. Laurie Hunter, Superintendent
The Concord Middle School Building Committee Report
Designer Selection Process
Following the selection of Hill International as the Owner’s Project Manager (OPM), members of the Building Committee immediately started work on the designer selection process at the Committee’s September meetings. The selected firm will work with the Building Committee to conduct a feasibility study and to develop a schematic design for a single new middle school building at the site of the current Sanborn building to replace the two existing facilities.
A Request for Services (RFS) was drafted and issued in accordance with statutory requirements associated with public purchasing. The RFS includes background and context for the proposed project, project goals, sustainability goals, scope of services, draft schedule scenarios, minimum qualifications for firms to be selected, and the selection criteria that will be used by the Building Committee to choose the designer. The committee discussed using a points ranking system similar to the OPM selection process to create a short list of finalists that will be interviewed.
Fifteen firms expressed interest and will be narrowed to a field of five this week. The Committee is working to have a firm in place by mid-November. The selected firm will be engaged to complete the feasibility work and schematic design. The Building Committee retains the option to consider whether or not to re-engage with the firm to move forward with construction.
The Committee is developing a Project Charter to memorialize key goals for the project that can serve as a guide in future decision making processes. The main elements of the Charter will include guiding principles, project scope, total project cost, and schedule.
To date, the Committee members have focused on the guiding principles related to a transparent and robust public process and engagement with Concord residents, a state-of-the-art educational facility for students and teachers, sustainability and resiliency goals including landscape, financial sustainability for the construction project and future building operations, as well as creating a flexible and adaptable structure that can serve both the needs of the school department and residents of Concord for a minimum of fifty years or longer. The Project Charter discussion will continue at upcoming meetings and is intended to be a working document that is used throughout the design process and duration of the project.
Committee Site Visits
Members of the Building Committee continue to conduct site visits at recently constructed middles schools. On October 4th, members saw Gates Middle School in Scituate and Duxbury Middle School; during the summer, members went to Beverly and Wakefield. These visits allow Committee members to review design features through many lenses including educational objectives, sustainability, material selections, security features and how students and professional staff utilize spaces.
The next meetings are scheduled for Monday, October 28 and Thursday, October 31 @ 7:30 am in the Ripley Building located at 120 Meriam Road. All meetings are open to the public and interested individuals are encouraged to attend.
Concord Middle School Building Committee Contact Information
Interested individuals can find all relevant materials regarding the Concord Middle School Building Committee including meeting dates, agendas and minutes as well as reports that led to the Town Meeting Warrant Article at https://www.concordps.org/
Submitted by Tom Lucey
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