HSBC Update – June 8, 2009
On June 1st, a team from the Wayland High School Building Committee (HSBC) met at the Massachusetts School Building Authority (MSBA) headquarters to present four design scenarios, a comparative cost analysis, and back-up detail. Attending from Wayland were Brian Chase, HSBC member, Dr. Gary Burton, school superintendent, David Saindon, project manager, and Steve Millington, project architect. The HSBC has been working on four design scenarios for several months and presented them at the public forum on May 19th. The scenarios presented to the MSBA are:
All Renovation: All existing buildings would be renovated to bring them up to current building and health and safety codes, and to meet the educational specification. An addition would be put on the back of the Fine Arts building to enlarge the auditorium and add new classroom space. During the renovation, students and staff would be moved into temporary space on site.
Part Renovation, new Classroom Building: The Admin, Commons, Math/English and Fine Arts buildings would be renovated as above, with the same addition to Fine Arts. The existing Language, Science and Social Studies buildings would be demolished and replaced with a new, two-story classroom building.
New Construction of Two Buildings: Two new buildings with a courtyard between would be constructed over the existing parking lot. Students and staff would move into the new buildings, then the existing buildings would be demolished and a new parking lot constructed there.
New Construction of a Single Building: Same as above, but a single two-story building with no courtyard.
It is assumed that a renovated field house is part of each of these options.
A comparative options analysis prepared by KV Associates showing relative costs across the four options was presented to the MSBA. The one and two-building new construction options were essentially the same relative cost, while the part reno/part new was 5% higher and the all-renovation option was 9% higher. The MSBA is reviewing the data and analysis.
On June 4th the HSBC met to recommend one option to proceed to schematic design. The HSBC unanimously selected the two-building new construction option and will meet again with the MSBA this week to discuss the recommendation. In addition to cost efficiency and square footage efficiency, the HSBC also considered such factors as fit with the educational plan and vision; quality, durability and energy efficiency of the spaces; disruption and risk during construction; and more flexibility on the site.
The next meeting of the HSBC is scheduled for Thursday, June 18, 2009 at 7:30 pm in the School Committee conference room on the second floor of the Wayland Town Building. The community is invited to all HSBC meetings. There will be an extended public comment session following a short presentation on the selected option. Information is available on the HSBC website at www.waylandschoolcommittee.org/whs/hsbc/index.htm and at the Wayland Public Library.