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Preferred Design Options selected for Baldwin and Driscoll School Building Projects

After working throughout fall, the Baldwin and Driscoll School Building Committees have selected preferred design options for the Baldwin and Driscoll School Building Projects. Identifying these preferred designs is an essential step in the three-school, town-wide solution that will address the overcrowding and sub-standard learning spaces in the Public Schools of Brookline and begin to remedy the historic enrollment increases the Town has experienced for more than 10 years.

 

Driscoll School Building Committee Recommends the “Modified Star” Design as the Preferred Option

On November 15, the Driscoll School Building Committee selected Option H as the preferred design over three other designs. The committee identified Option H, known as the “Modified Star Design,” as the best option for many reasons including that it provides the best and most flexible arrangement of classrooms, increases useable play space by 20,000 square feet, and allows for the most daylighting of all the four options. The new building will be all new construction, replacing the existing building.  It will be reoriented onto Washington Street, allowing the site’s open space to be more fully integrated into the residential neighborhood of Westbourne Terrace, Bartlett Street, and Bartlett Crescent and opening up the views of those who live on Westbourne Terrace which are now blocked by the existing building.

 

Baldwin School Building Committee Unanimously Selects the “Solar Harvest” Design as the Preferred Option

The Baldwin School Building Committee met on November 19 to review all three preliminary design options and unanimously voted to recommend Option B “Solar Harvest” as the preferred design option. The Solar Harvest design allows for more natural light and daylighting, presents a less imposing facade to the residential neighbors to the west of the site, is more energy efficient, will have lower long-term operating costs, and provides collaborative spaces conducive to project-based learning and programming. Rebuilding and expanding the Baldwin School is the most cost effective way for the Town to add classroom capacity on one site.

 

Next Steps - Preparing for Town Meeting and Seeking Approval for Schematic Design Funding

The next step for both projects is to get approval from Town Meeting to fund the Schematic Design Phase. During the week of November 26, the Select Board, School Committee, and Advisory Committee Joint Subcommittee will hold public hearings on in on the warrant articles for schematic design funding. Each building committee will also hold a Building Committee meeting and a community forum on their respective projects that same week. Please see below for the complete schedule of upcoming meetings:

 

Date    Public Meeting Time and Location
November 26, 2018

Building Committee Meeting

7:30 - 9:30 a.m.
Brookline Town Hall
School Committee Room, 5th Floor
November 26, 2018
Neighborhood Community Forum
  • Members of the community are invited to share their input and comments with the Driscoll Building Committee and the architects for the project. The forum will include a review of the Design Feasibility Phase and updates on the project timeline. This forum will also feature the presentation of a preferred design option selected by the Building Committee and time for community members to provide input and ask questions.
6:30 - 8:00 p.m.
Driscoll School Auditorium
November 26, 2018
Neighborhood Community Forum
  • Members of the community are invited to share their input and comments with the Baldwin Building Committee and the architects for the project. The forum will include a review of the Design Feasibility Phase and updates on the project timeline. This forum will also feature the presentation of a preferred design option selected by the Building Committee and time for community members to provide input and ask questions.
6:30 - 8:00 p.m.
Baker School Auditorium
November 27, 2018
9th School Ad Hoc Subcommittee Public Meeting
7:30  - 9:30 p.m.
Brookline Town Hall
Room 103
November 27, 2018 
Select Board/School Committee Joint Hearing on Warrant Articles 2, 3 and 4
8:30 - 11:00 p.m.
Brookline Town Hall
Select Board Meeting Room, 6th Floor
November 28, 2018
Capital and Schools Subcommittees Joint Hearing on Warrant Articles 2, 3, and 4
 
5:30 - 10:00 p.m.
Brookline Town Hall
Room 103
November 29, 2018
Capital and Schools Subcommittees Joint Hearing on Warrant Articles 2, 3, and 4 (Continuation)
 
5:30 - 10:00 p.m.
Brookline Town Hall
Room 103
November 29, 2018
Building Committee Meeting
  • Agenda to be posted.
7:30 - 9:30 a.m.
Brookline Town Hall
School Committee Room, 5th Floor
December 4, 2018
Advisory Committe Public Meeting on Warrant Articles 2, 3, and 4
  • Agenda to be posted
5:30 - 10:00 p.m.
Brookline Town Hall
Room 103

 

A draft of the Feasibility Design Report for both projects will be presented to Town Meeting Members prior to the December 13 Town Meeting vote to approve schematic design funding.

 

The Public Schools of Brookline have grown from 3,904 students in 2006 to 5,482 students in 2017. With over 90 core classrooms currently exceeding class size targets, Brookline children are crowded into schools without adequately-sized cafeterias, gymnasiums, and auditoriums. Students must endure learning spaces carved out of auditoriums, locker rooms, active passageways between buildings, modular classrooms, temporary rentals, and windowless storage spaces. In the Driscoll School, there are 32 different learning spaces that do not meet MSBA building guidelines.

 

These limitations, combined with the overcrowding of classrooms, significantly impact the educational program of all schools in the district expect the newly built Coolidge Corner School. In response to these deficiencies, the goal of the Driscoll and Baldwin School projects is to create modern schools and high quality learning environments comparable to surrounding communities that are built to last through this century.