Hunnewell Project

Second Floor Plan_ 2020 12-17_ PBC
Second Floor Plan_ 2020 12-17_ PBC

Screen Shot 2019-08-25 at 11.09.24 AM
Screen Shot 2019-08-25 at 11.09.24 AM

First Floor Plan_ 2020 12-17_ PBC
First Floor Plan_ 2020 12-17_ PBC

Second Floor Plan_ 2020 12-17_ PBC
Second Floor Plan_ 2020 12-17_ PBC


First-floor, second-floor and site plans as shown to the PBC at the completion of the Design Development phase. Design and Images Credit: SMMA

Next Steps – Completion of construction documents

The 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 transitioned to the Permanent Building Committee per Wellesley by-law. The PBC in conjunction with the project team is engaged in the detailed design phase and has hired W.T. Rich as the construction manager.

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


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


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: Design Development phase

Next Steps: Completion of construction documents.

Recommendation Overview

Size: 18 classrooms with additional spaces that could be reconfigured to serve as a 19th classroom in the case of a “bubble” year, serving a forecasted 365 students when complete. 400-425 students maximum capacity.

Type: All-new construction, 74,478 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