LYNCH REPLACEMENT PROJECT

Winchester's next neighborhood elementary school for generations to come

Welcome!

Looking for the latest news and history on Winchester's Lynch Elementary School Replacement? You've found it! This site will be updated regularly as we move forward with the MSBA on this exciting and much-anticipated project. On this site you will find information on the current facility, the School Facilities Master Plan, the site, the team, the process & schedule, design/planning updates, and news/announcements. Questions are welcomed by email to Lynch2025FAQ@gmail.com. Updates can also be found on Twitter (#Lynch2025).

The Project

In partnership with the Massachusetts School Building Authority (MSBA) Winchester is seeking the redevelopment of the Lynch Elementary School. The project today is limited to the so-called Feasibility Study which includes the development of an educational space program as well as the evaluation of multiple conceptual design solutions through the pre-schematic design phase.

Today the project does not include construction, which must be funded separately once a preferred schematic option is developed by the design team and approved by the MSBA board. A town-wide vote on final design documents and construction funding is anticipated in January 2023 (see schedule milestones, a bottom of this page).



An MSBA project may include a renovation of the existing school, a renovation of and addition to the existing school and/or new construction.


Multiple options required for study during Feasibility Study phase:


  • Renovation & addition onto existing

  • Partial demo and new-build/expansion (sim to Winchester High School)

  • New free-standing school (sim to Vinson-Owen)

  • Multiple site options for all

  • Multiple phasing options for all

Design & Site Planning Evolution

March - 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 - 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 - 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 - 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 Next? - Additional Summer Geotech / Site Investigation Work

The EFPBC is in the process of procuring and evaluating proposals for additional geotechnical investigation and soils analysis on the site. With the preferred N5 option now approved by the MSBA, the Project Team seeks additional information in and around the footprint of the the New Lynch to assist in the foundation and structural design. It is anticipated that this work will proceed in July now that school has been dismissed for the summer. More details on this work will follow and be posted here. The EFPBC will meet briefly on Monday, June 27 at 6pm to review and approve the revised geotech investigation scope of work. Please visit the Government Calendar page for the public meeting notice at www.winchester.us.

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

  • MSBA Board of Directors Meeting - Project Scope and Budget Approval: October 26, 2022

  • Town Meeting votes Project Funding Agreement: Fall Town Meeting 2022

  • Debt-Exclusion Override Vote - Town-wide special election ballot question: January 2023

  • 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