Framing early conceptual design work December though March


As the the Educational Program and early site investigation work nears completion for inclusion in the January PDP submittal to the MSBA , the project team is moving into the conceptual design phase. Before the "New Lynch" can be developed in Schematic Design, the MSBA requires multiple options be studied during the Feasibility Study:

  • Renovation & addition onto existing

  • Partial demo and new-build/expansion (sim to WHS)

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

  • Multiple site options for all

  • Multiple phasing options for all

While many may envision the Lynch Replacement Project as a completely new build, a variety of options (above) must be studied as a condition of the MSBA process. This approach has served Winchester well, as Vinson-Owen was a new-build while Winchester High School was not. Many criteria will be considered (right) in evaluating conceptual options developed.


Each project and site presents unique challenges and opportunities. Multiple criteria are considered in evaluating the different Lynch development options including, but not limited to:

  • Suitability to the site

  • Accommodation of educational program

  • Ease of future expansion

  • Construction Cost / Affordability

  • Vehicular, Pedestrian, Bicycle Traffic

  • Parking

  • Safety

  • Need for swing space (unreimbursed cost)

  • Need for phasing (cost)

  • Impact on students/learning

Eleven (11) conceptual site & massing options were shared with the EFPBC at its meeting on December 20, 2021 (see matrix of options, below). Of these, six (6) were selected to advance for further study & development. All options were presented on January 10, 2022 at a special EFPBC public webinar. Option R1 (renovation of existing) was eliminated from further consideration as it does not meet the needs (size, configuration) of the educational program. N7 was eliminated due to regulatory restrictions. Other options were dismissed due to phasing or timing contraints-- including completion well past the deadline, into 2026.

Project Goals include

Having weathered multiple costly floods in recent years and with ongoing concern for air quality, climate change and the costs of energy, Winchester is nearing the end of a decade-long flood mitigation program and in 2020 adopted an aggressive Climate Action Plan, seeking significant reductions in greenhouse gases.

The School Committee expects the feasibility study of the Lynch Elementary School to consider how the facility could be sited and designed with particular attention to storm water management and maximum daylighting, and welcomes the opportunity to follow in the footsteps of the new Winchester High School (built 2013-2017) with LEED certification. Beyond any additional reimbursement incentives from the MSBA, Winchester sees real purpose and value in actively pursuing creative planning and design options which limit energy consumption and environmental impact of construction and on-going operations, while still delivering outstanding learning spaces that are adaptable, flexible and comfortable year-round.