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The Fuller Middle School Building Project Moves Forward

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The Fuller Middle School Building Project Moves Forward

December 21, 2018 (Framingham, MA): On December 11, 2018 the majority of Framingham’s voters who visited the polls, voted to support the debt exclusion which will allow Framingham to utilize $39.5 million in state funding provided by the Massachusetts School Building Authority. In light of this transformational event, the School Building Committee (SBC) is beginning to ramp up for a long and important process to build the new Fuller Middle School. Please see below for a summary of key points and decisions made in this week’s meeting. The December 17th meeting agenda contains future meeting and project schedules and can be found on the project website. Anyone interested can also watch the previously recorded School Building Committee meeting on Facebook.

  1. The SBC voted to keep Jonathan Levi Architects as the project architect and allocated project funding to his contract.
  2. The SBC voted to keep Symmes Maini & Mckee Associates (SMMA) as the Owners Project Manager and allocated project funding to their contract.
  3. The SBC learned from the City Chief Financial Officer, Mary Ellen Kelley on timeline to bond.
  4. The SBC voted to join state’s Mass Save initiative to ensure the building is even more energy efficient and cost effective than previously planned.
  5. The SBC reviewed total project timeline including confirming mid-February is when the construction contractor will be selected. The project schedule can be found on the Fuller Building Project website.
  6. The SBC celebrated the results of the special election on December 11, 2018.

With this vote, the project architect will commence the detailed design and documentation work to facilitate construction commencement in the summer of 2019.  The SBC has also commenced the construction manager selection process to bring the firm on board early in the coming year.

About The Fuller Middle School Building Project
The new Fuller Middle School building will be three-story construction with a learning commons/cafeteria at the core surrounded by collaboration balconies fronting a perimeter of classrooms, an 8,300-square-foot gymnasium, 420-seat auditorium, and full-building air conditioning. Additionally, there will be space for Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Mathematics (STEAM) instructional areas.  No swing space is required during construction which means a lack of neighborhood interference and there will be no need to temporarily move students to an alternative location. The MSBA has agreed to provide a grant of $39.5 million towards the total project cost of $98.3 million. After the MSBA grant, the City’s share will be $58.8 million. The school is scheduled to be completed for the start of school in 2021.

About Framingham Public Schools
The mission of the Framingham Public Schools is to educate each student to learn and live productively as a critically-thinking, responsible citizen in a multicultural, democratic society by providing academically challenging instructional programs taught by highly-qualified staff and supported by comprehensive services in partnership with our entire community. For news, updates, and announcements, follow Framingham Public Schools (@FraminghamPS) on FacebookTwitter, and (@framinghamschools) on Instagram. You can also join the conversation using #FraminghamSchools.

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