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 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).
Design & Site Planning Evolution
And the Winner is....
Options Development and Process
Site Investigation Work
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?
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