Hunnewell Project

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Site Plan 03-25-2021 (AerialShift)-cropped
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Next Steps - Funding Approval and Start of Construction

The project completed design in August 2021. The project went out to bid in September 2021. The PBC request for a guaranteed maximum price construction funds was presented and approved at the October 25th Special Town meeting. The debt exclusion vote is scheduled for December 7th. Start of Construction is scheduled for July 2022.

This link will take you to a video of the current Hunnewell Elementary School: Hunnewell

For additional information about the historical and 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

Because the new Hunnewell School will be built on the footprint of the existing building, the students and staff must be relocated during the construction project.

WPS will leverage capacity in other elementary schools (internal swing space) due to declining enrollment to host Hunnewell during this time period.

Considerations for internal swing space include:

  • Minimize disruption in student transitions as much as possible.

  • Maintain Hunnewell identity during project.

  • Focus on host schools based on capacity, distance, and impact on program(s).

  • Consider timing of Hunnewell completion with placement of upper grades.

Hunnewell At A Glance

Project Phase: Bidding

Next Steps: Construction Funding

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, with a design enrollment of 365 students. In addition, the design includes purpose-built spaces for the district-wide Therapeutic Learning Center (TLC) program.

Type: All-new construction, 76,500 gsf

Estimated Total Project Cost: $64.1M total project cost, inclusive of $5.7M already appropriated for feasibility and design and an estimated $3.5M for swing space costs.

Schedule Option

Construction funds request: Fall 2021

Construction starts: June 2022

Expected Occupancy: February 2024