The Lexington Public Schools consists of six elementary schools, two middle schools and one high school. A district wide pre-school is housed in the Harrington Elementary School. In June of 2014 the Town contracted with Symmes Maini and McKee Associates (SMMA) to determine the educational capacity of the individual schools in the system and recommend modifications to accommodate the projected enrollment growth. In addition, recommendations were to include capabilities of the schools to meet the needs of 21st century education. The recently completed SMMA Lexington School Master Plan has recommended several schools to be considered for expansion, renovation, and replacement to meet the capacity needs of the Lexington Public Schools increasing enrollment.
On January 30, 2015, the Ad hoc School Master Planning Committee (AhSMPC), appointed by the School Committee to oversee the master plan process drafted their final report to School Committee that consideration be made for additions of modular or prefabricated construction to the Bridge ES, Bowman ES, Fiske ES and Clarke MS, addition and renovations to the Harrington ES and Diamond MS and replacement of the Hastings Elementary Schools with new construction.
On February 25, 2015 the Lexington Budget Collaboration/Summit (Board of Selectmen [BoS], School Committee, Appropriation Committee, and Capital Expenditures Committee) met regarding Article 2 of the March 2015 Special Town Meeting #1.That Article will request initial funding to develop various school-building projects in response to ongoing and future overcrowding issues, and building-condition issues, in the Lexington Public School (LPS) System. The projects cover school buildings serving grades Pre-Kindergarten (Pre-K), K-5, and 6-8, and may include pre-fabricated classrooms, brick-and-mortar additions, and/or a new elementary school building. Total costs are estimated to be on the order of $100 to $120 million. A debt-exclusion vote will be required to finance the costs of the actual construction and the design & engineering costs for projects that proceed to construction.
At Special Town Meeting on March 23, 2015, the Town authorized funding of $4,080,000 for design and project management services. Due to the urgency of the capacity need, these multiple projects are to be managed simultaneously on an aggressive design and construction schedule, which may include construction under Chapter 149, section 44E modular construction and Chapter 149 A, Construction Manager at Risk. It is unclear at this time if any of the projects will be participating in a MSBA funded program.
With Town Meeting funding authorized, the Permanent Building Committee through the Lexington Department of Public Facilities issued Request for Qualifications from Design firms and Owner Project Management firms. The design firm selected is DiNisco Design Partnership and the Owner Project Management firm selected is Hill International.
DiNisco Design, Inc. is an award-winning firm of 20 architects specializing in educational, municipal and institutional facilities. These facilities serve a variety of communities, and their environs include urban neighborhoods, campus settings, historic buildings and suburban locations. Since its inception in 1978, DiNisco Design has been guided by three principles — excellence, loyalty and service. Architectural excellence is characterized by design that is aesthetically pleasing, distinctive and tailored to client needs.
DiNisco Design, Inc. has provided design excellence throughout its history, an achievement possible only by talented people working together towards a common goal, motivated by pride and bonded by loyalty and teamwork. Their success is not possible without the confidence, support and respect of their clients.
Owner's Project Manager for Clarke and Diamond Middle Schools:
Hill International provides program and project management, construction management, cost engineering and estimating, quality assurance, inspection, scheduling, risk management and claims avoidance to clients involved in major construction projects worldwide. Hill has participated in over 10,000 project assignments with a total construction value of more than $500 billion. Hill is ranked as the 8th largest construction management firm in the United States according to Engineering News-Record magazine.
Through our experience and expertise, Hill offers several advantages to our clients. Hill brings an in-depth view of the risks projects are likely to encounter. We quickly identify these risks and provide recommendations on how to protect your project. Hill also brings a regional focus, with a detailed understanding of the conditions, nuances, risks and opportunities likely to influence your project, but supported by our internationally recognized industry experts as needed. Hill’s independence offers another benefit to our clients: as the largest “for-fee-only” project management firm in the U.S., we do not provide design or contracting services. This means we support your projects with no potential conflicts of interest. The combination of these strengths means, from concept to completion, Hill adds value to your projects.
Hill is a publicly traded company listed on the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE: HIL), and is headquartered in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. The Lexington Middle Schools project will be managed from Hill's Boston office, located at 330 Congress Street.
Owner's Project Manager for Maria Hastings Elementary School:
Dore & Whittier Management Partners (DWMP) and its affiliated firm, Dore & Whittier Architects, Inc., are approaching the quarter century mark in service to New England municipalities, although their roots date back nearly fifty years. With 60 highly skilled professionals, DWMP provides complete project management services, comprehensive assessment, planning, programming, design, and construction administration primarily for public educational institutions, federal, state and municipal governments, and private business. DWMP excels at planning, managing and executing phased renovations, additions and new construction projects.