The Belchertown Public School is working with the Massachusetts School Building Authority (“MSBA”) in our efforts to renovate and/or replace Jabish Brook Middle School.
The MSBA works with local communities to create affordable, sustainable, appropriate, flexible, cost and energy efficient public school facilities across Massachusetts. They are a financing agency, focused on bringing reform and innovation to the school building process.
The District submitted a Statement of Interest to be a part of the MBSA program. In 2020, the MSBA invited the Belchertown Public Schools into the Eligibility Period.
During the “Forming the Project Team” phase, Jabish Brook Building Committee retained the services of SKANSKA USA as Owner’s Project Manager (November 2022) and Lamoureux Pagano Associates as Designer (February 2023).
During the Feasibility Study, LPAA Architecture’s first design steps were to understand, confirm and document the existing school’s conditions. In parallel, it is also led Educational Visioning Sessions. The goal of these sessions is to gain an understanding of what the vision of the new Jabish Brook Middle School should be, both now and 50 years into the future.
As part of the MSBA process, the project team submitted Preliminary Design Program (PDP) report and is currently working on the submission of the Preferred Schematic Report (PSR) to the MSBA. These reports lay the foundation of information that the chosen design solution is built upon. During the PDP phase, the team studied 9 design options, and through qualitative and quantitative analysis filtered those down to 4 options to be studied during PSR. During the PSR phase, the project team has began to compare each design option against 23 evaluation criteria to determine the Preferred Option to be studied in Schematic Design.