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News and Announcements

School Building Committee members will be "in session" during the following posted meetings of other Boards and Committees where there will be public discussion of the merits of a proposal for an artificial turf field at the new Middle School:

  • Board of Selectmen August 5, 2014 at 7:00pm in Town Hall, third floor
  • Advisory Committee August 12, 2014 at 7:30pm in Town Hall, second floor
  • School Committee August 20, 2014 at 7:30pm in School Department Conference Room

The School Building Committee will also meet in separately posted meetings on August 13, 2014 and September 3, 2014.

Hingham Middle School Groundbreaking Ceremony Images (Photos by Maryellen Jones) (June 22, 2012)

Text from Raymond C. Estes' speech at Hingham Middle School Groundbreaking Ceremony (June 22, 2012)

Renderings of the proposed Hingham Middle School

Final Phase 1 Budget November 4, 2011 (PDF)

Phase 1 Cost Estimates September 6, 2011 (PDF)

School Building Committee Update

The School Building Committee welcomed 2012 continuing its efforts to finalize architectural and engineering design development and to begin the permitting process. A group presentation to the Planning Board, Conservation Commission and Board of Health on January 23, 2012 began approximately two months of public hearings before the three boards resulting in the issuance of formal approvals following a thorough review of all relevant project elements.

Cost estimates were commissioned at the 60% and 90% design thresholds projecting costs at approximately $240,000 below the approved budget submitted to the MSBA. With design 100% complete and construction specification documents generated at the beginning of April, the formal bidding process began with high hopes for a friendly bidding climate. Sub-trade bids were opened on April 25, 2012 with more than 90 subcontractors pre-qualified in various trades such as electrical, plumbing, masonry and many others. Seven general contractors were pre-qualified with five bidding to be awarded the job as the lowest eligible and qualified bidder. GC bid opening on May 10, 2012 resulted in the formal contract award to Brait Builders Corporation of Marshfield at more than $2.2 million under budget. An ecstatic Committee happily shared the news with the community and quickly turned its focus to logistics to begin contractor mobilization and a groundbreaking ceremony in June.

The project remains on schedule with substantial completion anticipated in May 2014 and occupation of the new school that September. Site work will continue throughout the ensuing fall, winter and spring including demolition of the existing middle school and development of athletic fields and accompanying landscaping expected to be completed in May 2015.

The School Building Committee will continue to meet regularly and welcomes public attendance and input. Community participation and inquiry are enthusiastically encouraged. Detailed meeting minutes will continue to be promptly posted on this site. Stay tuned for further project updates and details.

School Building Committee Members:

Raymond C. Estes, Chair
Timothy R. Collins, Vice Chair
Sandra Cleary, Secretary
Samantha Anderson
Peter Bradley
Robert Bucey
Stefan Vogelmann

2014 Annual Report

Construction work on the new Hingham Middle School continued throughout 2014 with focus on interior detail and finishes, culminating in substantial completion of the building by May 1, 2014. Attention then turned to completing interior "punch list" work to ready the building for occupation. During the summer, the School Department held a public sale of limited surplus equipment and furnishings not being transferred to the new school or other town location in order to empty the old building in preparation for demolition. The demolition process included strictly-monitored remediation activities, began in July and continued into the early fall. In August, a ribbon cutting ceremony was held in the interior courtyard and the new 680 seat auditorium hosted the annual convocation events for all district teachers and staff. The new school opened on time as projected for new and returning middle school students on September 2nd.

During the summer, a series of public meetings were held with the School Committee, Board of Selectmen, Advisory Committee and interested residents to explore the feasibility and appropriateness of installing a synthetic turf field as part of the athletic facilities under development. In the end, the Building Committee decided to pursue all natural grass surfaces for the intended fields as well as an irrigation system serviced by an on-site well.

The School Building Committee continues to meet monthly to address various project elements and outstanding site work, which is expected to be completed by June 2015. Many hours have been spent on the selection and procurement of technology, equipment and furnishings, all to ensure an optimal yet cost-effective experience for both teachers and students. As well, the School Building Committee took steps to support the continuing technology initiative of the School Committee by dedicating available project funds toward the purchase of one-to-one devices for students at all three grade levels.

Financially, the project continued under budget all year despite the approval of necessary change orders. Each change was painstakingly reviewed and considered for its relative value and cost implication, including MSBA reimbursement eligibility. As the year came to a close, approved change orders comprised a little more than 1% of the overall budget, which remained millions under the 2011 Special Town Meeting appropriation.

The new Hingham Middle School incorporates high-performance and quality design, cost-efficient construction, the inclusion of green, energy-efficient and sustainable features, and up-to-date technology and operating systems that will yield ease of use and maintenance, and is expected to achieve LEED silver certification. Most importantly, it will provide well for the educational needs of Hingham middle school students, continuing Hingham's long-standing tradition of excellence for generations to come.

As the final phase of the 2006 School Facilities Master Plan nears completion, the School Building Committee continues to be grateful for the cooperation and support of various town and state officials and nearby residents and local businesses, as well as the collaborative efforts of all involved in this endeavor. We remain ever-committed to complete this project on time and under budget.

Raymond C. Estes, Chairman
Samantha Anderson
Timothy R. Collins, Vice-Chairman
Peter Bradley
Sandra Cleary, Secretary
Robert Bucey
Stefan Vogelmann