MSBA email

The email below is from the Massachusetts School Building Authority today.

One of the next steps is for the town to evaluate using the MSBA’s Model School approach. Assistant Town Administrator, Nick Milano, reports that employing a Model School approach saved the City of Marlborough around $11m. on construction of a new school when he worked there, before coming to Medfield.

A subcommittee of the School Building Committee is also looking into whether the town can make the new school a net zero building. Lexington reported to the Select Board that its last new school was a net zero school that saved the town money from the first year, while also being better facility for the students, teachers, and the environment.

Unfortunately, the MSBA has yet to adopt a net zero Model School.


RE: MSBA/Medfield: Dale Street Elementary School: Facilities Assessment Subcommittee Meeting

Good afternoon, Mr. Peterson:  

I would like to thank the Town of Medfield (the “District”) and its consultants for their presentation on the proposed Dale Street Elementary School project (the “Proposed Project”) at the Facilities Assessment Subcommittee (“FAS”) meeting on January 20, 2021.  

In addition to the comments which were discussed as part of the District’s FAS presentation, Christina Forde, MSBA Project Manager, included the following comments in her opening statements:

·         The academic organization of the proposed building;  

·         Site circulation; and  

·         Opportunities for outdoor learning. 

The following items were topics of discussion:  

·        Appreciation of the Educational Program;  

·        Inclusion and location of outdoor learning spaces 

·       Appreciation of the Main Street concept 

·        Appreciation of a campus approach 

The MSBA will be forwarding a formal Model School Evaluation to the District under separate cover shortly.

Should you have any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to contact me or Christina Forde 

Thank you,  


Jennifer Flynn

Senior Project Coordinator

Massachusetts School Building Authority

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