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ESBC to attend MSBA Designer Selection Panel meeting in Boston

posted Oct 20, 2014, 6:52 AM by Rob Nickerson   [ updated Oct 20, 2014, 9:01 AM ]

The MSBA Designer Selection Panel meets at 8:30 AM on Tuesday, October 21, 2014, at 40 Broad Street, Boston, MA.

School Committee Chairman Jon Graziano, Superintendent Cathy Macleod, and ESBC Vice Chairman Mike Shepard are representing Hopkinton on this 15 member committee.

The meeting is public and all are welcome to attend to observe.

For more about the MSBA Designer Selection Panel, please refer to

ESBC sits down with HCAM for September community update

posted Sep 26, 2014, 9:46 AM by Rob Nickerson   [ updated Sep 26, 2014, 2:27 PM ]

The ESBC's Vice Chairman, Mike Shepard, and Owner's Project Manager (OPM), Tim Bonfatti, recently sat down with HCAM-TV for their September community update. Topics include the role of an OPM, the architectural designer selection process, and how the community will play a large role in making the Center School project a success. WATCH NOW

ESBC executes contract with Compass Project Management, discusses proposed project timeline

posted Aug 18, 2014, 5:54 PM by Rob Nickerson

The ESBC had a fantastic meeting on August 12, which started by executing the Owner’s Project Manager (OPM) contract with Compass Project Management. Immediately after, the team hit the ground running by reviewing a Request for Designer Services (RFS) that will be used to procure the professional designer. The remainder of the meeting was spent reviewing an activity timeline, with forecasts for key milestone dates leading all the way to an eventual start date for construction.

The team could not be more excited; things will begin happening quickly, and will soon be planning community engagement events to get community feedback and provide updates. The public is always welcome to be heard at all ESBC public meetings (next date to be posted soon). 

ESBC endorses Compass Project Management, Inc. as OPM for Center School Project

posted Jul 3, 2014, 9:58 AM by Rob Nickerson

In another milestone for the Center School project, the ESBC voted unanimously June 26th to endorse and support the OPM selection subcommittee's choice of Compass Project Management, Inc. as the owner's project manager (OPM), at a negotiated fee of $134,286. 

Pending approval of the MSBA in early August, the first order of business for Compass will be to help the ESBC execute the feasibility study (including site search, designer selection, and more)."

MSBA votes to advance Hopkinton's Center School project to feasibility phase

posted Mar 26, 2014, 11:47 AM by Rob Nickerson   [ updated Mar 26, 2014, 11:48 AM ]

At their March 26 Board of Director’s meeting, The Massachusetts School Building Authority (MSBA) voted to move forward Hopkinton’s Center School project into the feasibility phase.

Tasked with facilitating the development of a solution to the operational and educational constraints of Hopkinton’s K-1 Center School, the ESBC will now begin the process of evaluating and hiring a project manager, engineering firm, and other entities necessary for completing the feasibility study.

"Entering the feasibility phase marks a significant milestone for Hopkinton” said Joe Markey, Chairman of Hopkinton’s Elementary School Building Committee (ESBC). “Thanks to continued collaboration across town boards and committees, and strong community enthusiasm for finding a solution to the constraints at Center School, we are ready to hit the ground running into this next phase, with openness and active community engagement our key guiding principles."

The ESBC’s next public meeting is at 7:00 PM on Thursday, March 27, at Town Hall, Room 211.

ESBC to attend MSBA Board Meeting on March 26, hopeful for project progression

posted Mar 25, 2014, 6:30 AM by Rob Nickerson

The ESBC is excited to attend the MSBA's board meeting on Wednesday March 26th in Boston, when the Board of Directors are scheduled to determine whether to move Hopkinton to Module 2, "Forming the Project Team". 

During Module 2, we can begin the hiring process for an Owner's Project Manager (OPM), designers, and more. We can't wait to enter this next phase, and look forward to sharing our progress with you in the coming weeks.

To learn more about Module 2 of the process, please visit

Hopkinton invited into MSBA's Eligibility Period

posted Nov 20, 2013, 10:53 AM by Rob Nickerson   [ updated Nov 20, 2013, 10:53 AM by Hopkinton Administrator ]

Hopkinton has been formally invited into the MSBA's eligibility period! This is a huge step forward for the Center School project, and a sign of more great things to come. 

What is the Eligibility Period? (per the MSBA website)

A vote of the MSBA Board of Directors to invite a District into the Eligibility Period is based on a review of the District’s Statement of Interest (“SOI”) and staff due diligence and recommendation.  The vote initiates a 270-day period for the District to complete certain preliminary requirements that include: 
  1. Certification of the District’s understanding of the grant program rules by executing an Initial Compliance Certification
  2. Forming a School Building Committee and submitting the membership to the MSBA for acceptance
  3. A summary of the District’s existing maintenance practices
  4. Certification of a design enrollment for the proposed project agreed upon with the MSBA (may not be applicable for Repair Assessments depending on the proposed scope of work)
  5. Confirmation of community authorization and funding to proceed (see MSBA Vote Requirements)
  6. Execution of the MSBA’s standard Feasibility Study Agreement, which establishes a process for the District to be reimbursed for eligible expenses
Read more about what it means to be in the Eligibility Period, and how the project was represented by both the town and the region at today's meeting:

Hopkinton Superintendent, Center School Principal to present vision for Early Childhood Education

posted Nov 1, 2013, 9:57 AM by Rob Nickerson   [ updated Nov 1, 2013, 10:00 AM by Hopkinton Administrator ]

On November 18th Dr. Cathy MacLeod, Superintendent and Mrs. Lauren Dubeau, Center School Principal, will share their plans for improving Early Childhood Education opportunities in Hopkinton.  Dr. MacLeod and Mrs. Dubeau look forward to meeting you, having the opportunity to listen to your feedback, and to respond to your questions.

Date:         November 18th:  Early Childhood Education: “A Vision for the Future”

Location:        Center School Cafeteria

Time:              7:00 PM – 8:30 PM  

Agenda:          Presentation followed by questions and answers

Childcare:      Will be held from 6:45 – 9:00 in the Center School room Nine (9) (just around the corner from the cafe).

VIDEO: Site walk of Irvine Property, Integrated Pre-School

posted Nov 1, 2013, 6:46 AM by Rob Nickerson   [ updated Nov 1, 2013, 6:46 AM by Hopkinton Administrator ]

If you couldn't make our Irvine Property & Integrated Pre-School tour, our friends at HCAM have got you covered with this great video report:

Get up to speed on the ESBC's activities to date!

posted Oct 30, 2013, 8:00 AM by Rob Nickerson   [ updated Oct 30, 2013, 8:00 AM by Hopkinton Administrator ]

It's been a busy few months for the ESBC; we've conducted tours of potential sites, learned about enrollment projections, talked to off-site construction experts, and had great conversations about the project with the Hopkinton community.

For a quick summary of all our activities, press coverage, and current timeline, we've put together an overview here:

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