East Gloucester/ Veterans' Building Project

Opening Fall 2023

June 10 School Building Committee Meeting

Brian Hromadka from CBRE/Heery, the Owner's Project Manager (OPM) reviewed the project milestone schedule and a recommended Change Order Management process. The committee approved the radon design fee as an added line item of the budget (will reduce the Owners Contingency line item). The project team of CBRE/Heery, Dore & Whittier and WT Rich are keeping an eye on materials costs and delayed delivery times as they plan for the project phases. The Dept. of Elementary and Secondary Education have approved the special education program design.

St. Ann's School work continues in preparation for serving the Veterans' Memorial School students and staff in the fall.

The next School Building Committee meeting will be held on June 30 to review the 60% Detailed Design for submission to the MSBA.

June 8 City Council meeting on Special Permit

On June 8, the City Council held a public hearing and voted 8-1 in favor of granting the special permit for the East Gloucester/Veteran's Memorial School Building Project. During the public hearing School Committee Chair Jonathan Pope and Superintendent Ben Lummis presented the rationale for the special permit on the height of the building. In approving the special permit, city councilors spoke of the importance of the new school for the families in downtown and East Gloucester and how the new school will have an overall positive impact on the neighborhood and entire community. The approval of the special permit is one more step in the final permitting process for the construction of Gloucester's new school building.

June 2 City Council P&D Subcommittee

After three subcommittee meetings and multiple site visits, the City Council Planning and Development Subcommittee voted 3-0 in favor of a special permit for the East Gloucester/Veteran's Memorial School Building Project. The full City Council will vote on this matter at the June 8 meeting where a public hearing will be held prior to discussion and vote. Meeting materials are below:

May 13 School Building Committee Meeting

The project timeline was reviewed by CBRE/Heery. Michele Rogers from Dore & Whittier reported that they are working on the 60% Design Development documents for the MSBA as well as responding to the Massachusetts School Building Authority's (MSBA) questions about the Design Development submission. Work at St. Ann's school (swing space for the Veteran's Memorial community during construction) is on track for completion with access in early August to prepare for the new school year. WT Rich reported that bids for Early Package #1 which include for site work, abatement and demolition came in under budget.

An additional meeting of the School Building Committee will be held on June 30, 2021, to review 60% Detailed Design documents in preparation for submission to the MSBA.


Please see below for a video of the building design!

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Flyby Tour of the proposed new East Gloucester/Veterans' Building

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Interactive visioning workshop with project architects and designers. Building Committee members and the public were invited to view a series of "vision boards" and give feedback on a variety of images. This sparked conversation to begin defining design directions for the new school building, to ensure that the final design reflects the values, history, and unique qualities of the community, in addition to meeting our students' educational needs.

Overview of the new school's site layout for parking and drop off.

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