• Schematic Design

    Posted by Pam Beaudoin on 6/7/2018

    May 30th Community Meeting Presentation

    The Memorial School Building Committee is the final phases of Schematic Design. From March to June, JCJ Architecture has been working to develop a robust schematic design in sufficient detail to establish the scope, revised budget, and schedule for the proposed project. Upon completion and approval by the SBC and School Committee, Exterior

    the design will be submitted to the MSBA for approval. Once approved by the MSBA, the project is then brought to the community for local approval. The overall goal of Schematic Design is to develop a project that is both cost-effective and aligned with the needs of MERS D ’s educational program

    Visit the Building Committee page to review the entire presentation

     

    Community Input: To date, the Memorial School Building Committee has hosted four community meetings at Memorial School to keep both the Manchester and Essex communities up-to-date on the process and to gather feedback. 

    Community Meeting Topics Reviewed

    MSBA grant program process and schedule

    Review of existing conditions of Memorial school

    Site selection decision making

    Feasibility phase building options

    Evaluation of design options

    Preferred Schematic Design Updates

    Project timeline

    Upcoming Building Committee Meetings 

    June 12th - Review Cost Estimates

    June 26th - Initial Approval of Schematic Design

    July 11th (6:00 pm) - Approval of Schematic Design

         Meetings @ 7:00 pm MERHS Learning Commons unless otherwise noted

     

    Timeline: In October 2017, representatives from MERSD met with the Finance Committees and the Boards of Selectmen in both towns to review progress on the Feasibility Study and to ask for their support of a November 2018 town vote to fund the Memorial School building project. Both the Manchester and Essex Boards of Selectman voted unanimously to support this effort. This puts us on a pathway to hold a special town meeting in October 2018 at which we will seek local approval for the project with the ballot vote to be held on November 6, 2018.

     

    A Look Ahead

    June - July 2018        Schematic Design & Cost Proposal Development

    October 2018             Town Meetings Held

    November 2018         Town Votes

     

    Just learning about the Memorial Building Project and want more information

    Review the History of the Project on our Project Updates Page!

     

    Frequently Asked Questions!

     

     

     

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  • Memorial Building Project Update Winter '18

    Posted by Pam Beaudoin on 3/13/2018 12:00:00 PM

    Memorial Building Project Update

    Project Update: At our February 13th joint meeting, the Memorial School Building Committee (SBC) and MERSD School Committee voted unanimously to approve the Preferred Schematic Design Report (PSR) identifying “N-3 - The Hub” as the preferred option to be further developed during the Schematic Design phase.

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    This is the most significant milestone in the MSBA’s Feasibility Study phase and sets the stage for the remainder of the process.  The preliminary cost estimate for the project is $55,600,000, with the district share after MSBA reimbursement estimated to be $41,600,000. From March to June of this year, JCJ Architecture will be working to develop a robust schematic design of sufficient detail to establish the scope, revised budget, and schedule for the proposed project. Upon completion and approval by the SBC and School Committee, the design will be submitted to the MSBA for approval. Once approved by the MSBA, the project is then brought to the community for local approval. The overall goal of Schematic Design is to develop a project that is both cost-effective and aligned with the needs of MERSD’s educational program.

     

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    Community Input: To date, the Memorial School Building Committee has hosted three community meetings at Memorial School to keep both the Manchester and Essex communities up-to-date on the process and to gather feedback. We are also planning an April meeting in Essex to ensure Essex parents and residents are apprised of the project and its implications.  Our next district-wide meeting is scheduled for May 23rd and the focus will be the development of the schematic design and project budget.

     

     

    Community Meeting Topics Reviewed

    MSBA grant program process and schedule

    Review of existing conditions of Memorial school

    Introduction of potential building sites

    Site selection decision making

    Feasibility phase building options

    Evaluation of design options

    Project timeline

     

     

    Timeline: In October, representatives from MERSD met with the Finance Committees and the Boards of Selectmen in both towns to review progress on the Feasibility Study and to ask for their support of a November 2018 town vote to fund the Memorial School building project. Both the Manchester and Essex Boards of Selectman voted unanimously to support this effort. This puts us on a pathway to have a project schematic design and cost proposal available in Spring of 2018. Throughout the coming months, representatives from the Building Committee will be at various community events in both towns to answer questions about our progress and the project.

     

    A Look Ahead

    March – June 2018                         Schematic Design & Cost Proposal Development

    September/October 2018             Town Meetings Held

    November 2018                               Town Votes

     

     

    Learn More about the Memorial Building Project Background & Process

    • mersd.org – Quick Link: Memorial Building Committee


     

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  • Preliminary Design Program Submitted to MSBA

    Posted by Pam Beaudoin on 11/28/2017

    The Memorial School Building Committee (SBC) and its team of consultants submitted its Preliminary Design Program (PDP) to the (MSBA) Massachusetts School Building Authority on November 22nd. This is the first milestone in the MSBA’s Feasibility Study phase.  

     


     

    What’s In the Preliminary Design Program?

    • Memorial School educational program
    • Memorial School initial space summary and existing conditions report
    • Site analysis and site determination- Memorial School site has been selected
    • Project design parameters and initial design options for further study
    • Conceptual budget for each option, based on cost per square foot

     


    The overall purpose of the Feasibility Study is to gather information about potential sites and design options, identify options for development, analyze their pros and cons, and choose a preferred option for high level schematic design and budget estimate. The PDP document is the first progress report in this process. In the PDP, MSBA requires all districts to present three types of options:  renovation only, renovation with additions, and new construction.  These options will be examined in detail by MERSD in the next phase of the feasibility process.  From December to February, the Building Committee will be working to narrow down the potential options and will submit a Preferred Schematic Design (PSD) option to the MSBA for approval and further development.  The overall goal is to identify an option that is both cost effective and aligned with the needs of MERSD’s educational program.

     

    Community Input:  This the fall, the Memorial School Building Committee hosted two community meetings at Memorial School to keep both the Manchester and Essex communities up-to-date on the process and to gather feedback. The meetings focused on the MSBA grant program process and schedule, the existing conditions of Memorial school, and introducing potential building sites.  The second community meeting focused on site selection decision making, feasibility phase building options, and project timeline.   The next community meeting in late January will include updates on the evaluation of building options being considered by the Building Committee.

     

    Timeline:  In October, representatives from MERSD met with the Finance Committees and the Boards of Selectmen in both towns to review progress on the Feasibility Study and to ask for their support of a November 2018 town vote to fund the Memorial School building project. Both the Manchester and Essex Boards of Selectman voted unanimously to support this effort. This puts us on a pathway to have a project schematic design and cost proposal available in Spring of 2018. Throughout the coming months, representatives from the Building Committee will be at various community events in both towns to answer questions about our progress and the project.  Please look for us!

     

     

    Dec. 2017 – February 2018

    Identification of design option for development

    January 31, 2018

    MSBC Community Meeting

    February 21, 2018

    Submission to MSBA of Preferred Schematic Design

    March – June 2018

    Schematic Design & Cost Proposal Development

    September 2018

    Town Meetings Held

    November 2018

    Town Votes

     

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  • Memorial Building Project Update - Fall 2017

    Posted by Pam Beaudoin on 8/30/2017

    In the Spring of 2016, MERSD established the Memorial School Building Committee (MSBC) and received support from our communities to enter into a Feasibility Study with the Massachusetts School Building authority (MSBA).  The MSBA provides state matching funds for construction, and an oversight process to promote efficiency and effectiveness of local building projects.  As one of its first tasks, the MSBC was charged with identifying an Owner’s Project Manager (OPM) for the upcoming building project.   The OPM, who will be with us for the duration of the project, works to oversee the building process and helps to safeguard the District’s interests.  Last March the MSBA approved the Memorial School Building Committee’s recommendation of Dore & Whittier to serve as MERSD’s OPM for the Memorial project.   With the assistance of the OPM, and in adherence to the MSBA process, the MSBC then identified and contracted with JCJ Architecture to act as the design team for the Memorial Building Project – Feasibility Study.  Together the MSBC, Dore & Whittier, and JCJ will work to find fiscally responsible, forward-thinking solutions for the Manchester elementary school building that meet the needs of the District’s current and future curriculum program, are mindful of future maintenance and the impact on the environment, serve the school community, and are supported by voters in Manchester and Essex, as well as the MSBA.  In the end, the Feasibility Study will determine whether to renovate or replace the Memorial School.  There will be several opportunities for public input throughout the process, with the first Community Meeting scheduled for October 4, 2017

     

    Knowing that facility needs of Memorial Elementary School have been prioritized by the MSBA process, MERSD has turned its attention toward developing a multi-year capital plan for extending the useful life of Essex Elementary, which is more than fifty years old, but in better condition than Memorial.  MERSD is currently working with the Town of Essex to leverage Green Community grant funding for energy saving improvements that can minimize the annual cost of operations.  To learn more about the Memorial Building Project Background & Process please visit the MSBC-Memorial Building Project

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  • Memorial School Building Committee Appointed

    Posted by Pam Beaudoin on 4/29/2016

    The MERSD School Committee recently appointed a team of Manchester and Essex residents to serve as the Memorial School Building Committee (MSBC).  The MSBC will carry out all phases of the Massachusetts School Building Authority (MSBA) building process, including feasibility, design, and construction, complying with proscribed MSBA procedures and policies and maximizing the District’s reimbursement application for renovations, additions, and/or construction of a new school.  Through this process, the MSBC will work to find fiscally responsible, forward-thinking solutions for the Manchester elementary school building that meet the needs of the District’s current and future curriculum, is mindful of future maintenance and the impact on the environment, serve the school community, and is supported by voters in Manchester and Essex, as well as the MSBA.

    The MSBA requires the school building committee to be made up of town representatives with backgrounds from construction, architecture, landscape, and education, as well as the district superintendent of schools, a school committee member, the school principal, district schools' facility management director, at least one teacher from the school, a member of the finance committee or local budget official, and a representative from an office authorized by law to construct school buildings. Manchester and Essex residents will serve on the committee.

     

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  • Memorial School Accepted into MSBA Grant Program

    Posted by Pam Beaudoin on 1/29/2016

    In January 2016, the MSBA (Massachusetts School Building Authority) recommended and approved the Manchester Memorial School for admission into the Eligibility Phase of the MSBA grant process.   Being accepted means the MERSD Memorial School has been identified as being one of the neediest schools in the state (close to being out of options to address the structural issues of the building) and a good candidate for the grant program.  The MSBA grant program provides technical assistance and financial support (a minimum of 30% reimbursement) for the planning and construction of a new/renovated school.  

     

    Acceptance into the program comes a critical time.  As determined by an independent review, over the next two years MERSD is facing over five million dollars in costly temporary fixes.  Participation in the MSBA program will allow MERSD to work with the MSBA team of experts to conduct a feasibility study to determine the most cost effective solution for providing a renovated/rebuilt facility.

    The Feasibility study is estimated to cost up to $650,000, of which 30% will be reimbursed by the MSBA. The feasibility study will be funded through reserves with contributions coming from three sources--MERSD, Essex, and Manchester. The cost to the towns is determined in accordance with the capital allocation formula outlined in the MERSD Regional Agreement.

    In the spring of 2013, an elementary facilities assessment was conducted by Habeeb & Associates. The study was performed at the district’s request to verify and to provide additional information to an internal review conducted during the 2011-2012 school year.  The Habeeb Study determined that each of our elementary school buildings has exceeded its useful life and require a plan of action to address the structural and programmatic needs of the district. The annual cost to maintain the Manchester Memorial, built in 1951, and Essex Elementary, constructed in 1958, was projected to increase significantly within five years. It was imperative that MERSD formulate a long-term plan to address our declining elementary school facilities in order to responsibly manage costs and to provide students with a safe and environmentally sound learning environment.

    Recognizing that that this was important policy decision that had an impact on students, parents, and the community at large, the MERSD School Committee launched a task force/study committee to review the academic program and to gather public input on possible solutions for our future course of action.  The process concluded that “Based on the learning from our discovery, the task force recommends maintaining the neighborhood School model for the two elementary schools in MERSD. While there is some traction and interest in the unified elementary model, the collective consensus from a variety of community groups clearly points to the neighborhood model.” For more information about MERSD’s elementary facilities planning process and recommendations, please review the Elementary Facilities Task Force Report and the Elementary Facilities Community Survey.

     

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