Construction of a new Sterling Middle School building in southwest Quincy could start next spring and open to students in fall of 2019, the project’s architect says.
September 12, 2016
Construction of a new Sterling Middle School building in southwest Quincy could start next spring and be finished by the fall of 2019, the project’s architect says.
Scott Dunlap, managing principal at Ai3 Architects, gave the city council a project timeline Monday night at Old City Hall.
“We believe the building can be completed well ahead of that (fall 2019) date, but we want to certainly leave room in the schedule to be able to furnish the building, install technology in the building and make sure it’s fully prepared prior to the fall occupancy by students and staff,” Dunlap said.
Mayor Thomas Koch has asked the city council to approve $59 million in spending for the new Sterling Middle School, which would be built on the current school’s site at 444 Granite St., but farther east toward Roberts Street. This past summer, the state’s Massachusetts School Building Authority’s board of directors agreed to reimburse the city $28.5 million for the project.
However, the council must approve the total project spending by Nov. 18 in order to secure the funds. The council’s finance committee will hold a public meeting on Thursday, Sept. 29 at 6:30 p.m. inside the current Sterling Middle School building to discuss the spending proposal.
The new 95,155-square-foot, three-story school would have enough space for 430 students in fifth through eighth grade. It would have a separate entrance for fifth-graders, new fields, a bus lane on the Granite Street side and parking on the Roberts Street side.