LYNCH REPLACEMENT PROJECT
Winchester's next neighborhood elementary school for generations to come
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).
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, the evaluation of multiple conceptual design solutions, the selection of a preferred pre-schematic option and then developing the selected option to Schematic Design level for MSBA Board review and approval to advance the project further.
Today the project does not include construction, which must be funded separately once the preferred schematic option is developed by the design team and approved by the MSBA board in the fall. Once the preferred schematic is approved, a town-wide vote on funding for final design documents is anticipated in January 2023 (see schedule milestones, a bottom of this page).
Plans & Exterior Design Develop
Storm Water Management, Design
Summer Drilling & Analysis
Preferred Option Development
Wellfield Parcel Transfer
Design & Site Planning Evolution
And the Winner is....
Options Development and Process
Site Investigation Work
What's Next? - Additional Summer Geotech / Site Investigation Work + Project Delivery Method Decision-Making
The EFPBC has authorized additional geotechnical investigation and soils analysis on the site this summer. 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. This work will proceed in July now that school has been dismissed for the summer. The EFPBC continues to discuss the project delivery method for the New Lynch and will finalize a decision on this topic at its next meeting on Monday, August 8. Please visit the Government Calendar page for public meeting notices at www.winchester.us.
What's the Schedule?
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