William H. Galvin

Middle School Project

FAQ

GENERAL QUESTIONS

What decides if it will be an addition/renovation or new building?

The MSBA process will require the project team to study a new building, renovating & adding to the existing, or do a code upgrade of the existing building, as part of the Feasibility study process. It will be up to the Town of Canton and the stakeholders to decide what option is the best one for the students, faculty and community.

What is the Massachusetts School Building Authority (MSBA)?

The William H. Galvin Middle School and Canton Public Schools is working with the Massachusetts School Building Authority (MSBA) on the Middle School Building project. The MSBA is a quasi-independent government agency that funds capital improvement projects in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts’ public schools. The MSBA “work[s] with local communities to create affordable, sustainable, and energy-efficient schools across Massachusetts.” It has a dedicated revenue stream of one penny of the Commonwealth’s 6.25 percent sales tax. Since 2004, the MSBA has made more than $15.6B in reimbursement payments to school districts for school construction projects.

What is the School Building Committee (SBC)? Who is involved?

The GMS SBC is charged with coordinating and facilitating the design and construction of a new or renovated school. There are nineteen voting members of the SBC, which consist of Public Schools staff and elected officials, as well as community members with experience in the building/construction and education industries. Please visit the project team page to review a list of SBC members.

What is the timeline for the Galvin Middle School project?

This project is expected to take anywhere from five to seven years given the rigorous and multi-step process the MSBA requires. The process began in March 2022 when the MSBA invited Galvin Middle School into the Eligibility Period following the submittal of a Statement of Interest (SOI). It is anticipated that construction or renovation of Galvin Middle School, at the earliest, may begin in 2025 with project completion in 2027/2028. Final Project Schedule will be determined in a later design phase.

How much will the project cost? How will the project be paid for?

Cost Estimates will be conducted throughout the Feasibility Study. A total project cost will be determined during the Schematic design phase ahead of a Town vote to proceed with the project. The MSBA reimbursement rates are dependent upon various socioeconomic factors, as well as limitations related to square footage, with a minimum base rate of 31 percent up to a maximum of 80 percent. Several factors can increase the MSBA’s reimbursement rate, including a community income factor, community property factor and community poverty factor. Historically, the MSBA’s reimbursement rate covers approximately 30-60 percent of the total project cost. The remaining costs will be funded through a municipal bond that will be paid throughout a thirty-year period.

Where can I go to learn more information about this project? How can I stay informed?

The SBC and Canton Public Schools are committed to an inclusive, transparent process. As the project progresses, there will be considerable opportunities for public input and community engagement, including stakeholder surveys and public meetings. The project website has information to stay informed, such as relevant news articles, meeting agendas, minutes and presentations from the SBC meetings. The project website will be updated regularly as new information is available. SBC meetings are also posted regularly and open to the public. Please direct any further questions to the Project Email: (info@galvinmsproject.com). You can also sign up to the newsletter on the Home Page.

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PROJECT UPDATES

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.

UPCOMING EVENTS

School Building Committee Meeting

August 2024 – date TBD

MOST RECENT EVENTS

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