William H. Galvin

Middle School Project

“The GMS Building Project is an exciting and inspiring opportunity to bring a state-of-the-art facility to the Canton community. It will energize and elevate the entire Canton Public School District at all levels, and it will provide our middle school students and staff with an exceptional learning environment. It has the potential to be a crown jewel for our community.” – Derek Folan, Superintendent

What’s Happening So Far

On June 12 the school building committee were presented with multiple options of project scope and budgets in order to finalize the option that was submitted to the MSBA on June 27 for Schematic Design submission. Click below to view the presentation.

The schematic design submission was sent to the MSBA on June 27 and the project team is currently waiting on comments back from MSBA and approval to be on the agenda for the August 28 Board of Directors meeting where the project hopefully will be approved to move forward to enter into a Project Funding Agreement with the MSBA, if the Town of Canton approves the funding at the Town meetings in November/December 2024.

On Wednesday February 1 the school committee were presented with an extensive update of where the building project process is now. Click the link below to watch the video and to view the presentation.

On Wednesday December 20th the School Committee and the School Building Committee held a joint meeting to vote on two critical topics in the MSBA/GMS process – grade configuration and the consideration of a full auditorium.

The School Committee approved a 5-8 Grade Configuration for a new Galvin Middle School. Ultimately, the shift provides enhanced educational opportunities for our students and staff in a state-of-the-art building, and it alleviates the overcrowding in the elementary schools.

The School Building Committee also voted to endorse a full 800-seat auditorium for the new Galvin Middle School. There is a thriving programs for all grade levels, during the school day and extra-curriculars. There was overwhelming support for this space. In fact, the original design called for 600 seats, but the SBC made the motion and approved an 800-seat auditorium.

On Wednesday January 24th the School Building Committee also completed another milestone in the feasibility study process by voting to proceed with CM-at-Risk procurement. The first step will be to submit the project to the Inspector General’s Office followed by advertising for CM’s and request Qualification Statements.

Project Overview

On June 10, 2021, Canton Public Schools submitted a Statement of Interest (Attachment A) to the MSBA for the William H. Galvin Middle School. The MSBA is an independent public authority that administers and funds a program for grants to eligible cities, towns, and regional school districts for school construction and renovation projects. The MSBA’s grant program is discretionary, and no city, town, or regional school district has any entitlement to any funds from the MSBA. After many previous attempts to get accepted into the program, at the Board of Directors meeting in March 2022, the MSBA voted to invite the William H. Galvin Middle School into the feasibility study for this Statement of Interest to identify and study possible solutions and, through a collaborative process with the MSBA, reach a mutually-agreed upon solution.

Project Timeline and Status

JUNE 27, 2024

The project team files Schematic Design Submission to the MSBA

MAY 1, 2024

The SBC votes to enter a contract with the selected CM

FEBRUARY 5, 2024

The project team files PSR Submission to the MSBA

JANUARY 24, 2024

The SBC votes to proceed with CM-at-Risk procurement

DECEMBER 20, 2023

The SC/SBC vote to approve 5-8 grade configuration & full seat auditorium

OCTOBER 26, 2023

The project team files PDP submission to the MSBA


Feasibility Phase Started – Review of Existing Building Conditions and Educational Visioning

June 20, 2023

Ai3 Architects is Selected as the Designer for the Feasibility Study

March 6, 2023

Leftfield is Appointed as the OPM for the Feasibility Study

October 26, 2022

MSBA invites the William H. Galvin Middle School into the Feasibility Study

June 10, 2021

Canton Public Schools Submits the Statement of Interest to the MSBA for the William H. Galvin Middle School



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Canton Names Consigli as Construction Firm for Galvin Middle School Project

The CM at Risk Subcommittee conducted interviews with the six pre-qualified CM firms on April 22 and April 23 and after deliberations, the committee selected Consigi as the CM for the GMS project.

“Our team is honored to partner with Canton Public Schools, Ai3 Architects and Leftfield Project Management to deliver a new, state-of-the-art school for the current and future children and families served by Galvin Middle School,” said William O’Rourke, Consigli Construction Co., Inc. Project Executive. “Consigli is committed to creating a space for the Canton community that will offer a supportive and inspiring learning environment for many generations to come.”  

Canton Press Release

Feasibility Study Under Way

The project team is now completing the Feasibility Study. Educational visioning and programming has been established, as well as space planning, and the first submission to the MSBA known as the PDP (Preliminary Design Program) was submitted in October 2023. The team then worked on and submitted the PSR (Preferred Schematic Report) on February 5, 2024. In this phase the project options were narrowed down to the preferred option for a building and site layout, an estimated cost was established for that option, and this served as a guide when the project moved forward into schematic design and ultimately a final design.  The Board of Directors for the MSBA vote to have the Galvin Middle School project move into schematic design and the schematic design submission was sent on June 26. Next step is final approval of the project and funding from the Board of Directors at their meeting on August 28, 2024.


School Building Committee Meeting

August 2024 – date TBD


School Committee Meeting

April 11, 2024

School Committee Meeting

March 21, 2024

School Committee Meeting

February 15, 2024 

School Committee Meeting

February 1, 2024

School Committee Meeting

January 18, 2024

Joint School Committee/School Building Committee Meeting

Wednesday Dec 20, 2023 ⋅ 6pm – 7:30pm

Community Forum #4

November 29, 2023

Community Forum #3

November 13, 2023

Community Forum #2

October 25, 2023

Community Forum #1

September 27, 2023