Agawam High School

Building Project

Glossary of Terms

SBC: School Building Committee

The Agawam SBC consists of Town and School employees/officials and members of the Community for the purpose of generally monitoring the MSBA Application process and to advise the Town of Agawam during the construction of the Project.

MSBA: Massachusetts State Building Authority

MSBA is the authority acting on behalf of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts partnering with Massachusetts communities to support the design and construction of educationally-appropriate, flexible, sustainable, and cost effective public school facilities. MSBA works with municipalities for the life of the project from Pre-Feasibility through Building Completion and Closeout.

PSR: Preferred Schematic Design

PSR is the second reporting stage during the Feasibility Study phase where the District and its team collaborate with the MSBA to refine their educational program and space summary, further develop and evaluate alternatives and recommend the most cost effective and educationally appropriate solution to the MSBA Board of Directors for consideration before progressing into Schematic Design.

SD: Schematic Design

SD is the final reporting stage where the District and its team develop a final design program and robust schematic design of sufficient detail to establish the scope, budget and schedule for the Proposed Project.

RFS: Request for Services

The document utilized to solicit qualifications for Architect and Owner’s Project Manager firms for the project.

MCPPO: Massachusetts Certified Public Purchasing Official

The local official responsible for overseeing procurement of supplies, services, design and construction in accordance with public procurement laws that has been certified by the Massachusetts Office of the Inspector General.

The OPM and Designer are also required to have a dedicated person who is MCPPO certified.

PDP: Preliminary Design Program

PDP is the first reporting stage during the Feasibility Study phase where the District and its team collaborate with the MSBA to document their educational program, generate an initial space summary, document existing conditions, establish design parameters, develop and evaluate alternatives and recommend the most cost effective and educationally appropriate alternatives to the MSBA for further evaluation in the PSR phase.

SOI: Statement of Interest

Submitting an SOI is the critical first step in the MSBA’s program to partially fund the construction, renovation, addition or repair of municipality or regionally owned school facilities located in cities, towns and regional school districts. The SOI allows districts to inform the MSBA about deficiencies that may exist in a local school facility and how those deficiencies inhibit the delivery of the district’s educational program.

PROJECT UPDATES

Schematic Design - Module 4

The High School project is now in Module 4 – Schematic Design. This phase will dictate the project budget and design that ultimately will be the basis of the Project Funding Agreement with the MSBA. The completed Schematic Design package will be submitted to the MSBA on May 2, 2024 and will be up for Board Approval at the June 26, 2024 MSBA Board of Directors meeting.

Part of the Schematic Design process also includes the procurement of a CM (Construction Manager) at Risk. This process started with public advertising of the project in December 2023, six very qualified CM firms submitted Qualification Statements and all firms were interviewed on February 14 & 15. Based on the ratings the final selection will be made by the CM-at-Risk Subcommittee the following days.

The project team submitted the Preliminary Design Program (PDP) to the MSBA on July 28, 2023, and received comments back from the MSBA which were responded to. The project team then submitted the Preferred Schematic Report (PSR) on October 26, 2023, and received formal comments back from the MSBA which were responded to on December 6, 2023.

Following the PSR submission, the project team and District then met with the FAS (Facilities Assessment Subcommittee) on November 15th, to introduce the project to the FAS group so they could make the recommendation to present at the MSBA Board of Directors meeting on December 13, when the MSBA Board of Directors unanimously voted that the Town of Agawam and the High School project was approved to proceed into schematic design.

UPCOMING EVENTS

Project Information Night #4

May 1, 2024 – Sapelli School Cafeteria

Project Information Night #3

April 25, 2024 – Lunch at Agawam Senior Center

Project Information Night #2

April 24, 2024 – Phelps School Library

Project Information Night #1

April 10, 2024 – Doering School Auditorium

MOST RECENT EVENTS

Community Forum #5

February 26, 2024 – 7pm at the Agawam Public Library

CM-r Subcommittee Meeting #3

February 15, 2024

CM-r Interviews

February 15, 2024

CM-r Interviews

February 14, 2024

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