The following district presented on the progress of their proposed project at the June 1, 2022 Massachusetts School Building Authority (the “MSBA”) Facilities Assessment Subcommittee (the “FAS”) Meeting:
Town of Wakefield
Wakefield Memorial High School
Current Phase: Feasibility Study
Owner’s Project Manager: Leftfield, LLC
Designer: Symmes Maini & McKee Associates
The Town of Wakefield (the “District”), the Owner’s Project Manager, and design team presented an overview of the options studied during the Feasibility Study and the District’s preferred solution to to replace the existing Wakefield Memorial High School with a new three-story facility serving grades 9-12 on the Beasley Oval of the existing school site. The FAS, MSBA staff, and the District discussed: The view of the building from the street and upon approach; proximity of wetlands and outdoor spaces to the building; considerations for drainage and stormwater management; landscaping opportunities between the school and football field; parking locations; Emergency access circulation; appreciation of the District’s educational program; distribution of Special Education spaces; considerations for acoustics and seating in the dining commons; community support for multiple school building projects; staffing of the library and media center; opportunities to group teacher planning spaces to encourage interdisciplinary collaboration; sheltered access to the building for individuals with limited mobility; consideration of storage space in art rooms; and, opportunities for application of natural light in interior classrooms.
MSBA staff is currently working with the District to reach a mutually agreeable solution to recommend to the MSBA’s Board of Directors.