Hunnewell Project


Conceptual first-floor, second-floor and site plans as recommended by the SBC at the completion of the feasibility study. Design and Images Credit: SMMA

Next Steps – Kicking off Design Phase


wiThe December 9th, 2019 Town Meeting voted to approve the Hunnewell Project to proceed into the design and bidding phase. The overall management of the project has now transitioned to the Permanent Building Committee per Wellesley by-law. The PBC in conjunction with the project team will now commence the detailed design phase. The project team will also solicit to hire a construction manager to be a partner in the process. 

The final Hunnewell Elementary School Educational Program describes the how WPS staffs will deliver education in the new facility. 


Swing Space

The feasibility study analysis has confirmed that the Hunnewell students must be relocated off the Hunnewell site during construction. The SBC, project team, School Committee and school administration developed many swing space options for evaluation. 

Please visit the Swing Space subpage for further information.

Site considerations. Image Credit: SMMA.

Hunnewell At A Glance

Project Phase: Schematic Design phase

Next Steps: Kicking off schematic design and selection of construction manager.

Recommendation Overview

Size: 19 classrooms, serving a forecasted 365 students when complete. 400-425 students maximum capacity.

Type: All-new construction, 74,430 sf

Conceptual Project Cost: $57.5 million, not including swing space costs

Conceptual gym size: 7,000 sf (same size as Sprague School gym, 3x larger than current Hunnewell gym)

Off-street parking spaces: 80 

Schedule Option

"Early" Hunnewell

  • Independent of MSBA project

  • Using Internal Swing Space model


Design funds request: December 2019

Design/permitting: December 2019-June 2021

Construction funds request: Spring 2021

Construction starts: June 2021

Occupancy: January or Summer 2023


"Late" Hunnewell

  • Tied to completion of MSBA project

  • Using old Hardy and/or old Upham through 2026

Design funds request: 2022

Design and permitting: 2023-24

Construction funds request: 2024

Construction starts: June 2024

Occupancy: January or Summer 2026



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