Holyoke Middle School Project
About The Project
The City of Holyoke and the Holyoke Public Schools (HPS), with the support of the Massachusetts School Building Authority (MSBA), is proposing to build two new middle schools in Holyoke. When complete in 2022, every middle school student in Holyoke would be in a new, 21st century school. If approved by voters, these two new buildings would be open beginning in the fall of 2022.The need for middle schools was identified through a community process in 2017. The goals of this project are to ensure that:
Holyoke is able to provide a true middle school student experience
Students have access to state-of-the-art facilities and are well prepared for high school
Individual learners and their unique needs are supported by the design
Space is organized to support collaboration, creativity and conflict resolution
Families are welcome and embraced
Staff are supported and provided with resources where delivery of instruction takes place
Community is able to make use of school facilities for non-school functions
As a result of this project, the City’s current K-8 schools will be returned to the K-5 configuration for which they were originally built, creating space for Pre-K expansion and enrichments spaces.
In the summer of 2017, the City and the District formed a Building Committee which has been working closely with the MSBA and a team of consultants to develop the educational program, design and cost for these proposed projects. The Building Committee meets approximately monthly and meetings are open to the public: documentation of the process is available by clicking the link to the right. The consultant team on the project includes Owner’s Project Manager Pinck & Co., with offices in Springfield and Boston (http://pinck-co.com/), Designer Jones Whitsett Architects of Greenfield (http://www.joneswhitsett.com/) and Construction Manager Fontaine Brothers, Inc. of Springfield (https://fontainebros.com/).
The estimated project cost for both schools is $132million. The MSBA is expected to reimburse approximately 60% of this cost: the City’s share is projected as approximately $56million. The Mayor, in conjunction with the Building Committee, has proposed to appropriate the funds for the project as a debt exclusion, which means that, if approved, tax payers will see an increase in their taxes for the duration of the bond (estimated to be 30 years). The City Council has thus far appropriated $1,190,000 (80% will be reimbursed by the MSBA) for the process to determine the best value project approach, design, cost and schedule.