Schematic Design

Posted by Pam Beaudoin on 6/7/2018

May 30th Community Meeting Presentation

The Memorial School Building Committee is the final phases of Schematic Design. From March to June, JCJ Architecture has been working to develop a robust schematic design in sufficient detail to establish the scope, revised budget, and schedule for the proposed project. Upon completion and approval by the SBC and School Committee, Exterior

the design will be submitted to the MSBA for approval. Once approved by the MSBA, the project is then brought to the community for local approval. The overall goal of Schematic Design is to develop a project that is both cost-effective and aligned with the needs of MERS D ’s educational program

Visit the Building Committee page to review the entire presentation


Community Input: To date, the Memorial School Building Committee has hosted four community meetings at Memorial School to keep both the Manchester and Essex communities up-to-date on the process and to gather feedback. 

Community Meeting Topics Reviewed

MSBA grant program process and schedule

Review of existing conditions of Memorial school

Site selection decision making

Feasibility phase building options

Evaluation of design options

Preferred Schematic Design Updates

Project timeline

Upcoming Building Committee Meetings 

June 12th - Review Cost Estimates

June 26th - Initial Approval of Schematic Design

July 11th (6:00 pm) - Approval of Schematic Design

     Meetings @ 7:00 pm MERHS Learning Commons unless otherwise noted


Timeline: In October 2017, representatives from MERSD met with the Finance Committees and the Boards of Selectmen in both towns to review progress on the Feasibility Study and to ask for their support of a November 2018 town vote to fund the Memorial School building project. Both the Manchester and Essex Boards of Selectman voted unanimously to support this effort. This puts us on a pathway to hold a special town meeting in October 2018 at which we will seek local approval for the project with the ballot vote to be held on November 6, 2018.


A Look Ahead

June - July 2018        Schematic Design & Cost Proposal Development

October 2018             Town Meetings Held

November 2018         Town Votes


Just learning about the Memorial Building Project and want more information

Review the History of the Project on our Project Updates Page!


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