Framing early conceptual design work December though March


With the Educational Program and Space Summary completed as part of the PDP (Preferred Development Program) submittal to the MSBA in January, the project team is now in the midst of developing the PSR-- or Preferred Schematic Report for submittal in March. Before the "New Lynch" can be developed in Schematic Design, the MSBA requires multiple options be studied during the Feasibility Study and submitted in the March PSR package:

  • 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

And then there was ONE-- Preferred Option N5 is selected after three schemes submitted for review...

Developed from an initial field of eleven (11) options by Tappé Architects (see bottom), the EFPBC submitted to the MSBA in March a renovation option of the existing Lynch Elementary School as it stands today (Option R - not shown), an addition/Renovation option (Option AR2 - below, right), and a new-build/replacement option (Option N5 - below, left).

On Wednesday, April 27 the MSBA Board voted approval of preferred option N5. This important milestone sets a general direction for the project as it now enters a more detailed schematic design phase. In early February the EFPBC chose replacement option N5 (below, left) as the preferred option for consideration by the MSBA. The design & engineering team will be hard at work this summer gathering more site information, meeting with municipal department heads (Fire, Police, DPW) and key committees/commissions as it begins the next stage of design and planning.

For more information on the progress of these concepts (and all others), please scroll down this page.

REPLACEMENT OPTION - N5 Feb 7th concept site plan

ADD/RENO OPTION - AR2 Feb 7th concept site plan


At its January 24th meeting, the EFPBC narrowed the list of six remaining options down to four (4), including one renovation option and one addition/renovation option (see R1 and AR2, below). After a review of goals from the New Lynch visioning sessions and the educational program, the Committee voted to advance replacement options N5 and N6 (below and right) for further study and consideration. Primary differences between these two options include the number of grades per floor and the associated impact on location/adjacency of other space program elements. WPS administration is evaluating these two approaches and will share operational insight at the January 31st meeting at which the EFPBC is expected to select a preferred replacement option.

As has been noted, the MSBA requires the submission of a renovation option, an addition/renovation option and a replacement/new-build option in March as part of the PSR-- or Preferred Schematic Report.

Option N5 - Conceptual Stacking Diagram under development/review

Option N6 - Conceptual Stacking Diagram under development/review

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 (above) were selected to advance for further study & development. All options were presented on January 10, 2022 at a special EFPBC public webinar. Though required by the MSBA for submittal, Option R1 (renovation of existing) does not meet the needs of the educational program and is therefore not expected to become the preferred option. N7 was eliminated due to regulatory restrictions. Other options were dismissed due to phasing or timing constraints-- 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.