Project Team & Process
Architects, Consultants, OPM, Volunteers, Town & District staff working hard together
Delivering a new Lynch Elementary School requires teamwork between the Owner, Architect/Engineer (A/E) and Contractor. While is it far too early to know "who" will build the New Lynch (contractor yet to be determined), the Owner and A/E teams have been assembled and have been hard at work for a year!
The "Owner" with direct engagement and decision-making authority is the EFPBC. This Committee seeks to engage the public, provide updates, welcome feedback and make decisions which meet the needs of the district and students while staying within budget and schedule (see Costs & Schedule page).
MSBA requires district Core Replacement projects to have an OPM, or Owner's Project Manager. The team from Hill International was selected in April 2021 and plays a helpful role in our communications with the MSBA and meeting key project milestones.
In October 2021, the MSBA's Designer Selection Panel named the Boston firm of Tappé Architects as a finalist for designer and in early November the EFPBC executed a contract with Tappé and their engineering/consultant team (see below for detail). Tappé has a successful track record with Winchester, as the architect of the Vinson-Owen Elementary School, 2010-2013 and Ambrose Elementary School, 2004-2006.
Winchester's Educational Facilities Planning & Building Committee (EFPBC) is a public body with diverse representation in many aspects of the design, planning, management and construction industry. The Committee has effectively managed a number of large school building projects delivered on schedule and on -- or under -- budget, including the recent two-phase McCall expansion (2018-2020), Winchester High School (2015-2017), Vinson-Owen Elementary (20110-2013), Parkhurst School renovations (2011), and the McCall E-Wing addition (2007). Meg White from the Engineering & Planning Department supports the EFPBC as the Town's Project CEO, reviewing all contracts and authorizations for payment with the OPM. EFPBC meeting postings and agendas can always be found on the the Government Calendar at www.winchester.us.
Owner's Project Manager Hill International
Architect Tappé Architects
Educational Programmer NewVista Design
Mechanical Engineer Griffith & Vary
Plumbing & Fire Protection Architectural Engineers
Structural Engineer Engineers Design Group
Geotechnical Engineer Weston & Sampson
Civil Engineering Nitsch Engineering
Landscape Architect Warner Larson
Accessibility Consultant Hastings Consulting
Sustainability Consulting Andelman & Lelek
Traffic Engineering Howard Stein Hudson
Photovoltaic Engineering Zapotec Energy
Jay Nardone, Chair
Frank Hackett, Superintendent
Christian Nixon, Vice Chair
Colleen Ryan Soden
Emily Clark, Alternate Member
The Process and where we are Today...
Winchester is redeveloping the current Lynch Elementary School site with a new three-story K-5 and integrated preschool facility in partnership with the Massachusetts School Building Authority (MSBA)
The project today has just completed the MSBA's Module 6 phase, which includes Design Development and Construction Documents. The bid documents have been made publicly available and an EFPBC working group has pre-qualified both filed sub-bidders and general contractors. Bids are due in November (see schedule on Home Page), followed by contract award in early December
The New Lynch design follows a thorough Feasibility Study, a broad and lengthy programming & conceptual design process 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.
An MSBA project may include a renovation of the existing school, a renovation of and addition to the existing school and/or new construction.