The Town of Wellesley is partnering with the Massachusetts School Building Authority (MSBA) for a feasibility study to replace one elementary school in Wellesley. The MSBA formally invited the Upham Elementary School as the project of record, but they will allow the Town to study the redevelopment of both the Upham and Hardy campuses for the consolidated school that will support a 365 student enrollment. The MSBA program defines the steps they require a school project to complete. Please visit the Project Information Project Phases pages on this website for more detailed information about the MSBA process and their requirements.
The Hardy Upham feasibility study and schematic design phase are anticipated to run from summer 2019 to fall of 2021. By the Fall of 2020 the SBC anticipates having a recommendation for a Preferred Option. The SBC intends to complete a thorough investigation of the existing conditions of both the Hardy and Upham school buildings as well as their associated campuses.
The final Upham Elementary School Educational Program describes the how WPS staffs will deliver education in the new facility.
Hardy/Upham At A Glance
Project Phase: Feasibility study began in late August 2019 and is anticipated to be concluded in the Fall of 2020.
The School Building Committee reviewed all Evaluation Criteria, feasibility tasks and reports. The SBC selected Option 7b as the Recommended Preferred Schematic option.
The School Committee voted to support the SBC's recommended Preferred Schematic option.
Next Steps: Board of Selectmen vote to support the Recommended Preferred Option.
MSBA Process Overview
Module 1: Eligibility Period
Module 2: Forming the Project Team
Module 3: Feasibility
Feasibility: August 2019-Fall 2020
Schematic Design: December 2020- August 2021
Design/Construction funding: Fall 2021
Design/Permitting: December 2021- January 2023
Construction starts: July 2023
Occupancy: Spring 2025