In December 2017, the Massachusetts School Building Authority (MSBA) invited the Upham School into the Eligibility Period of its Core Program, as one of only 15 schools statewide offered the opportunity to receive state funding for a renovation or replacement of its building. To be eligible for state reimbursement the Town must follow the MSBA's prescribed process.
The Town met all requirements of the MSBA Module One - Eligibility Period including approval of funding for feasibility study and schematic design. Special Town Meeting appropriated $2.5 million for this purpose in October 2018 and the MSBA invited the project into the feasibility study/schematic design phase of its program.
As explained at Special Town Meeting and as agreed by the MSBA, the SBC will study both the Upham site and the Hardy site.
The SBC is in the process of assembling the project team through public, qualifications-based procurement processes, approved by the MSBA (MSBA Module Two).
Compass Project Management was selected to serve as the Owners Project Manager (OPM) on the project.
The MSBA Designer Selection Panel interviewed and ranked the qualifications of three firms to provide designer services for this project. The Town will take steps to negotiate a contract with the top-ranked firm, SMMA.
The feasibility study (MSBA Module 3) will begin in summer 2019.
The SBC will develop a full schedule for the Hardy/Upham feasibility study in the coming weeks.
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