LYNCH REPLACEMENT PROJECT
Winchester's next neighborhood elementary school for generations to come
Looking for the latest on Winchester's Lynch Elementary School Replacement? You've found it! With a strong showing of community support for the project at the January 7th debt-exclusion override election following unanimous Town Meeting approval in November 2022, the New Lynch is once again moving forward in design & planning as well as swing space preparation at the Parkhurst School campus.
This site will be updated regularly as we move forward with this exciting and much-anticipated project. Here you will find information on the current facility, the School Facilities Master Plan, the site, the team, the process, design/planning updates, costs & authorizations and news/announcements. Questions are welcomed by email to Lynch2025FAQ@gmail.com. Updates can also be found on Twitter (#Lynch2025).
Key Facts & Figures
Three-story new construction of 103,500gsf on current site north of today's existing 1960 Lynch Elementary School. Sitework is scheduled for Summer 2023 and completion for Fall 2025.
For more information see The Project and Schedule below.
Preschool: 7 classrooms w/ toilets
Kindergarten: 5 classrooms w/ toilets
Grades 1 & 2: 5 classrooms each
Grades 3 - 5: 4 classrooms each
Also included: Central STE space - Science/Tech Education
Regulation Gym for continued basketball
Teacher Planning Rooms on each level
Design Development & Parkhurst Prep
Winter '22 - Following voter approval of the Lynch project in January, the Project Team moved into Design Development, with greater detail in plans, exterior massing, and site design. The team continues to meet with town departments heads and the Conservation Commission. Modular classrooms for the Parkhurst School began construction off-site. For more information, see Design page.
Winchester Votes YES for New Lynch
January '23 - On January 7th Winchester voters overwhelmingly supported a debt-exclusion override to construct the New Lynch Elementary School and fund swing space construction at the Parkhurst School. In addition, voters supported a tax levy increase (operating override) to fund debt service via the Capital Stabilization Fund for traffic/safety improvements in the surrounding Lynch neighborhood.
MSBA Increases Reimbursement
December '22 - At its December 21st board meeting, the MSBA voted unanimously to approve a greater Total Maximum Facilities Grant of $20.3M-- an increase of nearly $2.9M. Though not a change to the overall Project Budget, the vote means that Winchester can expect to borrow nearly $3M less to construct the New Lynch! See Costs & Authorizations page for more information.
Plans & Exterior Design Develop
July through August '22 - Following the MSBA's approval of the preferred New Lynch option, the Project Team has been developing the floorplans to a greater level of detail, accommodating the approved space program. In July and August, Tappe Architects and the EFPBC are reviewing this progress as well as exterior massing, elevations and early material concepts. For more information, see Design page!
Storm Water Management, Design
July '22 - Project civil engineer, Nitsch Engineering shared with the Sustainability Subcommittee its schematic design for storm water management. The project will include bioretention areas incorporated into the landscape as well as underground infiltration systems to manage both roof and site storm water runoff. Inside the building, a number of low-flow fixtures types will also be installed.
Summer Drilling & Analysis
July '22 - With the preferred option approved in the spring and the footprint of the New Lynch now well-established, the EFPBC authorized additional geo-technical investigations on site in the form of multiple cores for lab analysis. Similar to the initial work performed in December of '21, soil sample analysis will help the structural engineer and architect determine foundation design.
Preferred Option Development
May through June '22 - After a month of review by MSBA senior staff, the Executive Board voted on April 27 to approve the preferred design option (N5). This is a key milestone in the project as N5 and its accompanying space program are now established as the conceptual basis of design. The Project Team reassembled in May to engage with senior Winchester town staff and department heads (WPD, WFD, DPW, etc) to initiate the Schematic Design process which runs through August.
Wellfield Parcel Transfer
March '22 - Following the PSR submittal to the MSBA, on March 28th Winchester's Spring Town Meeting voted to authorize the transfer of ownership of the adjacent abandoned wellfield parcel from the Select Board to the School Committee. The transfer of the entire parcel was a requirement of the MSBA, as a portion of the preferred N5 option encroaches onto this land. A complete decommissioning of the wellfield (abandoned in the early 1960s) will be completed as part of the project.
Design & Site Planning Evolution
March '22 - The Project Team submitted the PSR (Preferred Schematic Report) in March, which included a more developed N5 replacement option. The PSR included conceptual floor plans with grade-level distribution, preliminary site plan and early phasing & logistics concepts. With MSBA approval of the preferred schematic in April, the architect will more fully develop this approach into a full Schematic Design package for Fall Town Meeting approval.
And the Winner is....
February '22 - On February 7th the EFPBC reviewed the three options to be included in the Preferred Schematic Report (PSR) sent to the MSBA in March. Although all three options must be submitted, only one may be chosen as the preferred option. The Committee strongly favored new-build/replacement option N5 and voted to designate this concept as the New Lynch. For more info on N5, next steps, and the various development options, see Design page.
Options Development and Process
January '22 - On Jan 10th the EFPBC held a public meeting via webinar to present and discuss all eleven (11) early site options, including renovation, addition & renovation, and new-build or replacement options. The EFPBC narrowed these options down to six and on Jan 24th shortened the list further to four, including two replacement options. On Jan 31st the Committee identified the final three options required for inclusion in the March PSR submittal.
Site Investigation Work
December '21 - Geotech Engineer Weston & Sampson was on site monitoring early soils exploration. After test pit excavation, drilling rigs were brought on site to collect samples lab samples which help engineers determine soils characterization and design criteria for excavation, earth retention and foundations for the project as well as potential footprint location options or areas of concern. Survey work began before snowfall and will continue again soon.
What's the Schedule?
Key milestones in the Feasibility Study phase and beyond are shown below. Note that project delivery method (traditional "Design-Bid-Build" vs "CM-at-risk" not yet determined which will affect Bidding/Award and Construction timelines.
Preliminary Design Program (PDP) submittal to MSBA: January 18, 2022 (completed)
Preferred Schematic Report (PSR) submittal to MSBA: March 3, 2022 (completed)
Facilities Assessment Subcommittee Review: March 30, 2022 (completed)
MSBA Board of Directors Meeting - Preferred Schematic Approval: April 27, 2022 (approved)
Schematic Design (SD) submittal to MSBA: September 1, 2022 (completed)
MSBA Board of Directors Meeting - Project Scope and Budget Approval: October 26, 2022 (approved unanimously)
Town Meeting votes Project Funding Agreement: Fall Town Meeting 2022 (approved)
Debt-Exclusion Override Vote - Town-wide special election ballot question: January 7, 2023 (approved: 2892 Yes - 618 No)
100% Construction Documents - taking schematics to completion: Spring - Summer 2023
Bidding/Project Award - Construction delivery method TBD: Fall 2023 - Winter 2024
New Lynch opens to students: September 2025