Site design in process. Design and Images Credit: SMMA
Cafetorium. Design and Images Credit: SMMA
Learning Center. Design and Images Credit: SMMA
Next Steps – Design and Construction Funding
The Town of Wellesley is partnering with the Massachusetts School Building Authority (MSBA) to replace one elementary school in Wellesley. The MSBA formally invited the Upham Elementary School as the project of record, but they allowed the Town to study the redevelopment of both the Upham and Hardy campuses for the consolidated school with a design enrollment of 365 students. The final Upham Elementary School Educational Program describes how the WPS staff will deliver education in the new facility.
The School Building Committee (SBC) conducted a feasibility study on both the Hardy and Upham sites, evaluating addition/renovation and new construction options at various locations on each site. The SBC’s final recommendation was to build new construction Hardy option 7b at the Hardy site. As required by the MSBA, this recommendation received affirmative votes from the School Committee and the Select Board and was approved at the MSBA Board Meeting on December 16, 2020, therefore entering MSBA Module 4: Schematic Design. The design and construction of the project is being overseen by the Town’s Permanent Building Committee (PBC) with input from the restructured School Building Committee, as required by the MSBA. Click here for more information on PBC membership and responsibilities.
Since December 2020, the PBC has overseen the development of the schematic design for the Hardy site and building. The current schematic design is estimated to be about 30% through the development of the final design. Further design will take place during the design development phase which would commence after a successful debt exclusion. In June 2021, the PBC authorized the Owner’s Project Manager to submit the schematic design package to the MSBA in completion of the requirements of Module 4. The Hardy schematic design submission was approved at the August 25th MSBA Board Meeting.
A request for design development and construction funds will be presented at the October 25th Special Town meeting with an expected debt exclusion vote on December 7th.
For additional information about the current phase of the project, visit the Meetings tab for the most recent presentation materials discussed at the Permanent Building Committee. The recordings of the meetings are also available on Wellesley Media.
Hardy/Upham At A Glance
Project Phase: Schematic Design
Next Steps: Design and Construction Funding
Size: 18 classrooms with additional spaces that could be reconfigured to serve as a 19th classroom in the case of a “bubble” year, with a design enrollment of 365 students. In addition, the design includes purpose-built spaces for the district-wide skills program.
Type: All-new construction, 80,039 sf
Conceptual Project Cost: $72.5M, including $2.5M in feasibility costs already appropriated. Expected reimbursement from MSBA of $12.8M to $13.6M
MSBA Process Overview
Module 1: Eligibility Period
Module 2: Forming the Project Team
Module 3: Feasibility
Module 4: Schematic Design
Schematic Design: December 2020- August 2021
Design/Construction funding: Fall 2021
Design/Permitting: December 2021- January 2023
Construction starts: March 2023
Occupancy: Fall 2024