South Shore Regional Vocational

Technical High School

Glossary of Terms

SBC: School Building Committee

The South Shore Tech SBC is made up of  Town and School employees/officials and members of the Community for the purpose of generally monitoring the MSBA Application process and to advise the South Shore Tech school during the design and construction of the Project.

MSBA: Massachusetts State Building Authority

MSBA is the authority acting on behalf of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts partnering with Massachusetts communities to support the design and construction of educationally-appropriate, flexible, sustainable, and cost effective public school facilities. MSBA works with municipalities for the life of the project from Pre-Feasibility through Building Completion and Closeout.

PSR: Preferred Schematic Design

PSR is the second reporting stage during the Feasibility Study phase where the District and its team collaborate with the MSBA to refine their educational program and space summary, further develop and evaluate alternatives and recommend the most cost effective and educationally appropriate solution to the MSBA Board of Directors for consideration before progressing into Schematic Design.

SD: Schematic Design

SD is the final reporting stage where the District and its team develop a final design program and robust schematic design of sufficient detail to establish the scope, budget and schedule for the Proposed Project.

RFS: Request for Services

The document utilized by the SSTBC to solicit qualifications for Architect and Owner’s Project Manager firms for the project.

MCPPO: Massachusetts Certified Public Purchasing Official

The local official responsible for overseeing procurement of supplies, services, design and construction in accordance with public procurement laws that has been certified by the Massachusetts Office of the Inspector General.

The OPM and Designer are also required to have a dedicated person who is MCPPO certified.

PDP: Preliminary Design Program

PDP is the first reporting stage during the Feasibility Study phase where the District and its team collaborate with the MSBA to document their educational program, generate an initial space summary, document existing conditions, establish design parameters, develop and evaluate alternatives and recommend the most cost effective and educationally appropriate alternatives to the MSBA for further evaluation in the PSR phase.

SOI: Statement of Interest

Submitting an SOI is the critical first step in the MSBA’s program to partially fund the construction, renovation, addition or repair of municipality or regionally owned school facilities located in cities, towns and regional school districts. The SOI allows districts to inform the MSBA about deficiencies that may exist in a local school facility and how those deficiencies inhibit the delivery of the district’s educational program.

PROJECT UPDATES

South Shore Tech’s School Building Committee voted at the December 14th Meeting to proceed with CM-at-Risk procurement for the project. The process was started by submitting a request for approval to the Inspector General’s office and receiving the approval on March 8, 2024. Public advertising for CM firms Pre-Qualifications (RFQ) was done on March 6 with responses due on March 27, followed by Request for Proposals (RFP) from the qualified firms and the interview process on May 9th & 10th. During deliberations on May 10th, Suffolk Construction was ranked as the #1 firm and contract negotiations were started.

While evaluating the options for enrollment and building, the project team has issued estimated Tax Impact Analysis for the different districts. This analysis is provied for comparison purposes ONLY and it will be updated and finalized at the end of schematic design.

A message from Superintendent Tom Hickey
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South Shore Tech, the selected designer, Drummey Rosane Anderson, Inc. (DRA), and the project team are in the midldle stages of the Feasibility Study. The first portion was spent on educational visioning and space planning, and  the first submission to the MSBA known as the PDP (Preliminary Design Program), was submitted in October, 2023. The next step in the feasibility study was the PSR (Preferred Schematic Report) submission, which was submitted in April 2024. After the PSR Submission the project went in front of the MSBA Board of Directors on April 26, 2024 and was formally voted through to proceed into Schematic Design. Following a more in-depth design and site development, the next submission that goes to the MSBA will be the Schematic Design Submission on August 29, 2024.

UPCOMING EVENTS

School Building Committee Meeting

July 2024 – Date TBD

MOST RECENT EVENTS

Whitman Forum

June 8, 2024

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