Welcome to the Hunnewell and Hardy Elementary Schools Project Website
For comprehensive summary presentations of the Hunnewell and Hardy Projects, please view the 8/25/21 Advisory Presentation and the follow up 9/1/2021 Advisory Presentation. These slide shows include the most current design, cost and schedule information.
The full recording of the presentations may be viewed on Wellesley Media.
Summary level project information including design, cost and schedule information can also be viewed within the Hunnewell and Hardy menu tabs above.
The Meetings tabs above contain School Committee, Permanent Building Committee and Public Outreach presentation slide shows, demonstrating the progression of the project.
9/9/21 Permanent Building Committee @ 7:30pm for Hunnewell and Hardy Projects.
9/22/21 Advisory Committee Public Hearing on Hardy and Hunnewell @ 7 p.m. Agenda here.
9/23/21 Permanent Building Committee @ 7:30pm for Hunnewell and Hardy Projects.
10/14/21 Permanent Building Committee @ 7:30pm for Hunnewell and Hardy Projects.
10/25/21 Special Town Meeting votes for both Hunnewell and Hardy Projects.
10/28/21 Permanent Building Committee @ 7:30pm for Hunnewell and Hardy Projects.
12/07/21 Ballot Votes for both Hunnewell and Hardy Projects.
Agendas for public meetings are posted 48 hours in advance.
Hunnewell Elementary School
Design and Images Credit: SMMA
Hardy Elementary School
Design and Images Credit: SMMA
The Town of Wellesley is undertaking two separate elementary school building projects in order to meet the current and long-term needs of its students and address significant deficiencies at the Hardy, Hunnewell, and Upham schools.
These two projects are being executed by the Town's School Building Committee (SBC) and its Permanent Building Committee (PBC), with the support of the School Committee and the Board of Selectmen. Planning is ongoing, and the earliest a new school would open is 2024.
For more information on each project, please click the links below. For more information about the decisionmaking, design, and construction processes and more, please see our Overview of Projects page. The Latest News page will include updates from recent meetings.
A Frequently Asked Questions page is live and will continue to be updated.
The district presented the draft redistricting maps on January 21, 2020. More updates will follow and can be found at the Wellesley Public School web page.
The district has updated the draft redisticting maps on February 12, 2020. This update can be found at the Wellesley Public School web page.
Project Status Updates
Hardy Project: The project has completed the Schematic Design (SD) Phase the direction of the Permanent Building Committee. The SD phase concluded in July 2021 with the submission to the Massachusetts School Building Authority in for their approval on August 25, 2021. The Town funding approval is anticipated at an October 25, 2021 Special Town Meeting and December 7, 2021 Ballot Vote.
Hunnewell Project: The project completed the Construction Documents (CD's) and the Permitting process in August of 2021. The project will to proceed into bidding in September to bring a construction budget to an anticipated October 25, 2021 Special Town Meeting and December 7, 2021 Ballot Vote.
Hunnewell Project: The proceeded through Construction Documents phase in the Spring and Summer of 2021.
On 12/3/20, the PBC was presented with the 100% DD for the Hunnewell project, permitting, and engineering discipline updates (HVAC, Electrical, Plumbing, Commissioning and Sustainability.) The Hardy/Upham Preferred Schematic Option was also presented, as the project transitions from the SBC to the PBC.
On 10/22/20 the SBC voted to submit the Preferred Schematic Report to the MSBA recommending Hardy option 7b.2.
The Board of Selectmen voted on 10/19 to support the SBC's recommendation of Hardy option 7b.2 as the preferred schematic option.
On 10/15, the designer responded to the SBC's conditions to option 7b. The SBC unanimously agreed that Hardy option 7.b.2 responds well to their conditions.
The School Committee voted on 10/13 to support the SBC's recommendation of Hardy option 7b, with conditions, as the preferred schematic option.
The recommended preferred schematic Hardy option 7b was presented to the Board of Selectmen and School Committee on 10/1/20.
The School Building Committee (SBC) voted to recommend Hardy option 7b as the preferred schematic option at their meeting on 9/24/20. They attached conditions to their vote regarding additional required development of site circulation, reduction of retaining walls, reduction of zoning nonconformance and creation of a connection of the gymnasium and cafetorium to the fields.
Community Forum: Residents were invited to take part in the third community forum for the Hardy/Upham project on Thursday, September 17 at 7 p.m. The forum, hosted by the School Building Committee. The Presentation can be viewed here.
Hardy/Upham Project: Due to the Covid-19 public emergency, meetings with the Permanent Building Committee and School Building Committee are being conducted using a Zoom virtual platform.
Hardy/Upham Project: In April, the School Building Committee reached consensus to put the Hardy/Upham feasibility study on hold until late July. The SBC will resume its analysis and deliberations beginning July 30, with further meetings planned for August and September. The SBC expects to make a final recommendation in September on whether to build at Hardy or Upham with the MSBA.
Hunnewell Project: The Hunnewell project has been overseen by the Permanent Building Committee since design funds were approved in December 2019. Schematic Design phase is complete and documents have been approved by the Permanent Building Committee and the School Committee. The permitting application for a Project of Significant Impact have been submitted to the Planning Board in anticipation of a September public hearing date.
Schedule Update: Both projects remain on track to receive construction funding at the same time, but the target date for Town Meeting and voter approval has been pushed back to Fall 2021. Accordingly, approximate overall completion schedules have been pushed back to the first or second quarter of 2024 (Hunnewell) and the first or second quarter of 2025 (Hardy/Upham).
Construction Documents for an all-new Hunnewell School is complete. Please see the project page for details.
The Schematic Design for the Hardy/Upham project, in partnership with the Massachusetts School Building Authority, was completed in July, 2021. Please see the project page for details.