Brookline High School Expansion Project OverviewBrookline High School is currently experiencing the initial wave of rapid enrollment growth that will increase the student body from 1,800 students in 2015, to at least 2,600 or more students by 2023. Anticipating this growth, the School Committee, School Department, and Board of Selectmen have been moving forward on developing expansion plans. In December 2016, the Board of Selectmen appointed members of the Building Committee for the Brookline High School Expansion Project.To email a question or a comment regarding the BHS Expansion, please click here. All comments will be shared with the Building Committee and the School Committee. To sign up to receive regular email updates on the BHS Expansion, click here and select the "Building Committee for Brookline High School Expansion Project" option. For the full schedule of meetings, please see the Upcoming Public Meetings section.
BHS Expansion Enters Schematic Design Phase
With the beginning of the 2017-18 school year, the BHS Expansion Project entered the Schematic Design Phase. During this phase, the architectural firm William Rawn Associates will develop designs for the exterior facade of the new buildings, the layout of the building’s technical systems such as electrical and plumbing, and provide and more detailed cost estimates. The Design Development Phase will include input from BHS staff and community members, in order to develop an expanded BHS that supports the learning for Brookline’s high school students. The cost estimates for the expansion of BHS developed during this phase will be the basis for the funding request that goes to Town Meeting in 2018 and the anticipated debt exclusion override to fund construction.
Between September 2017 and April 2018, the Building Committee for the Expansion of Brookline High School will work with William Rawn Associates and Hill Associates on design development, gathering staff and public input on design options, and finalizing cost estimates. There are four primary stages during this phase:
Schematic Design Phase Launch & Program Verification
- Review and update Educational Plan and Space Summary completed during Feasibility Phase
- Architects meet with BHS staff and students to better understand programming needs and priorities
- Revise massing options for Cypress Street Building and Tappan Street Building
- Begin work with MBTA on possible construction over MBTA right of way
September 2017 - October 2017
Schematic Design Development and Review
- Development of designs for Cypress Street and Tappan Street Buildings and renovation of existing science wing including classroom layout, floor plans, exterior facades, and technical systems
- Design review and input by Building Committee
- Ongoing input from BHS staff and students and public meetings on design development
October 2017 - January 2018
Final Schematic Design Development and Cost Estimates
- Cost estimates developed as designs are finalized
Final Approval of Schematic Design
- BHS Building Committee votes on final approval of schematic design in preparation of the School Committee, Board of Selectmen, Building Commission, Advisory Board and Town Meeting considering the design and/or funding of the project
March 2018 - April 2018
Table: Anticipated Timeline
In addition to the expansion of the Brookline High School academic buildings, the town is also considering renovations to the Tappan Gym and Cypress Field and will be reviewing parking and traffic in the neighborhood. Please see below for details about which town department or commission is managing these related projects.
Town Board or Commission Leading the Project
Acquiring 111 Cypress Street for BHS Expansion
Board of Selectmen
- Outreach efforts with MBTA are currently underway
- Hard yes or no decision by end of October
- Town Meeting votes on two Warrant Articles related to acquisition
Tappan Gym Renovation
BHS Building Committee
Cypress Field Improvements
Parks and Recreation Commission
Traffic and Parking
TBDTable: Related ProjectsCharge and Membership of the BHS Building Committee
There shall be established a Building Committee for the Brookline High School Expansion Project. In keeping with recent practice on the Devotion School project, this committee shall be modeled using the MSBA Building Committee guidelines as a starting point. The Committee shall consist of a member of the Building Commission, Board of Selectmen and School Committee, each selected by their designated boards, who together shall serve as co-chairs of the Committee. The other members of the Committee shall be as listed below. The Board of Selectmen, working with the Town Administrator and staff, shall provide candidates to fill the Park and Recreation Commission representative and the two greater BHS community positions. The Superintendent, working with the Headmaster, shall provide candidates to fill the two parent community representatives, the dean representative and the student representative positions. The slate of members shall be ratified by the Board of Selectmen and the School Committee.
- The Building Committee shall advise and support the Building Commission, Board of Selectmen and School Committee in connection with their authority and responsibilities for the construction and alteration of town buildings and structures under Article 3.7 of the General By-Laws of the Town of Brookline.
- The Building Committee shall also be the main body responsible for engaging and informing the public on the project.
- The Building Committee shall work with the Project Manager and consultants in support of the project. The Project Manager shall attend all the meetings of the Building Committee and serve as the Committee’s staff person.
- The Building Committee shall be concerned with all aspects of the project including budget, schedule, safety, public relations coordination of town agencies, logistics, and contract compliance.
Co-Chair, Building Commission
Susan Wolf Ditkoff
Co-Chair, School Committee
Park and Recreation Commission Member
School Parent Community Representative
Greater BHS Community Representative
Greater BHS Community Representative
Town Administrator or designee
Building Commissioner or designee
Superintendent of Schools
Mary Ellen Dunn
Deputy Superintendent of Schools for Administration and Finance
Deputy Superintendent of Schools for Teaching and Learning
Brookline High School Headmaster
Brookline High School Dean
Brookline High School Student Representative
Project Manager, Building Department
Table: BHS Expansion Building Committee Members
How We Got Here and Earlier Work
December 2017 - May 2017: Feasibility Phase
Between December and May of 2017, the BHS Expansion Project moved through the Feasibility Phase. The BHS Building Committee worked with HMFH Architects to consider design alternatives and preliminary costs, and arrived at four possible paths for expansion and renovation, as well as numerous design options. The Building Committee held seven public meetings, along with two community meetings and two public hearings where community members provided input and asked questions. On May 3rd, the Building Committee voted to move forward with Option 4D as the Preferred Design.
The design for Option 4D maintains one unified campus for BHS by adding a 9th grade building on Cypress Street, creating a new Science Center on the corner of Tappan and Greenough Streets, and renovating existing classroom and common spaces in the main building. The additions will help create a small-school feel for 9th graders as they transition from our K-8 schools, while allowing them to access arts, athletics, and upper-level courses across the entire campus. Facility upgrades at the main building will allow for state-of-the-art science facilities, and will enable integration across disciplines while providing collaborative spaces for all grades.
The School Committee voted to direct the Superintendent to engage in further study regarding the B-SPACE recommendation to maximize the use, whether by efficiency and/or expansion, of Brookline High School. The charge included beginning a process of analyzing the pedagogical and administrative implications of optimally serving up to 2,500 high school students in Brookline. The study may include recommendations on new or revamped programs, staffing and administrative structures, and facilities use. The process to develop a plan and educational program for an expansion of high school capacity should include consultation with current BHS faculty and students, the Brookline community, the School Committee, PSB leadership, as well as input from the research on current best practices in curriculum, instruction, and pedagogy for secondary schools. This process is to be led by the Superintendent and Headmaster, and will take into account, but not be limited to, the options presented in the HMFH Architects, Inc. High School Concept Study, the B-Space Committee Report, and the Symmes Maini & McKee Associates (SMMA) study from 2015.
For a more information on the space studies that were completed in 2013 and 2015, please see the Brookline town website.