Ai3, the architectural firm designing the school, included an auditorium that can fit 800 students. During the meeting, a 1,500 seat auditorium proposal drawn up in 2008 was discussed but is not an option in the current model school design. Ai3 representatives stated that the three-floor building layout has yet to be finalized because they are still taking suggestions from the committee and school officials.
But with a deadline to the Massachusetts School Building Authority only a month away a project budget must be calculated soon. Marshfield High School Prinicpal and co-chair of the building committee Bob Keuther discussed what reimbursement number he hopes to get back from the MSBA, “We’re currently at approximately 54% to 57% reimbursement. We’re looking to be silver certified in reference to green technology; that gets you two reimbursement points. They’re looking at the maintenance of our building and how we’ve maintained our building and that allows you to get additional reimbursement points as well.”
A scope and budget package will be presented to the MSBA on October 7th.
With a site location chosen two weeks ago, the committee also discussed the layout of the sports fields for the new school. Committee members recently spoke with youth and high school sports teams to understand their concerns and needs.
Keuther spoke about one of the challenges they faced during the design process, “Parking on the original site design was can we make our parking more efficient to get us more field space and can we look at different options for that. Because really when we get done with it we want to make sure the site is as efficient as possible and user friendly.”
Keuther also stated that there is a need for multiple football practice fields to accommodate all nine football teams. The layout for the high school fields has yet to be decided.
Correction: WATD had earlier reported, “Ai3, the architectural firm designing the school, included an auditorium that can fit 1,500 students as well as a rehearsal room.” This was inaccurate. The statement should say, “Ai3, the architectural firm designing the school, included an auditorium that can fit 800 students. During the meeting, a 1,500 seat auditorium proposal drawn up in 2008 was discussed but is not an option in the current model school design.”