For both the Hunnewell and Hardy/Upham projects, the School Building Committee (SBC) followed a qualifications-based selection process compliant with Chapter 7C of the Massachusetts General Laws.
For the Hunnewell project, in June 2018 the SBC selected Compass Project Management from a pool of 11 applicants to serve as the Owner's Project Manager (OPM) for the project. That same month, the SBC selected SMMA from a pool of 7 applicants to serve as project architect.
Hunnewell was Compass' first project with the Town, while SMMA has deep experience in Wellesley, having designed the new Wellesley High School and designed the renovations of the Fiske and Schofield schools in 2015-2016. SMMA has also assisted in the master planning for the HHU schools since 2014.
For the Hardy/Upham project, the SBC repeated a similar owner's project manager selection process, and selected Compass as OPM. The MSBA approved the Town's selection in March 2019, and then oversaw the selection for the project architect. In June 2019, the MSBA's Designer Selection Panel, a 16-member board that included three representatives from the Wellesley SBC, interviewed three candidates and chose SMMA as project architect for Hardy/Upham.