South Shore Regional Vocational

Technical High School

Project Team

School Building Committee (“SBC”)

The South Shore Tech School Committee (“SBC”) consists of several District and School employees/officials and members of the Communities for the purpose of generally monitoring the MSBA Application process and to advise the South Shore Regional Vocational Technical School District during the construction of the Project.

Sandra Baldner – Principal

Keith Boyle – Vocational Director

George Cooney – Cohasset

James Coughlin – Treasurer, School Committee Secretary

James Harding – Director of Building and Grounds

Robert P. Heywood – Hanover, Committee Chair

Thomas Hickey – Superintendent, Director

Robert Mahoney – Rockland

Jack Manning – Scituate

Robert Mello – Vocational Coordinator, Dean of Students

Dustin Reardon – Norwell

Frank Molla Jr. – Hanson

Thomas A. Petruzzelli – Abington

Daniel Salvucci – Whitman

Massachusetts Schools Building Authority (“MSBA”)

The Massachusetts School Building Authority (“MSBA”) is a quasi-independent government authority created to reform the process of funding capital improvement projects in the Commonwealth’s public schools. The MSBA strives to work with local communities to create affordable, sustainable, and energy efficient schools across Massachusetts.

The MSBA’s grant program for school building construction and renovation projects is a non-entitlement competitive program. The MSBA’s Board of Directors approves grants based on need and urgency as expressed by the City, Town, Regional School District or independent agricultural and technical school and validated by the MSBA.

The MSBA, which has a dedicated revenue stream of one penny of the state’s 6.25-percent sales tax, has made more than $15.1 billion in reimbursements to cities, towns, and regional school districts for school construction projects through the MSBA’s online Pro-Pay System.

LeftField – Owners Project Manager (“OPM”)               

LEFTFIELD is an Owner’s Representative and Project Management firm, established in 2007. We specialize in owners project management services and have significant experience in the public sector, working with municipalities and building authorities. Leftfield’s staff has managed over $1.5 billion in MSBA-funded projects since MSBA’s inception in 2004. As Owners Project Managers, we work in conjunction with the Owner serving as an extension of their staff. Our primary role is to protect the Owner’s interests, to ensure that the Owner is well-served and that the established goals and objectives are met in the most efficient manner, physically and fiscally.

LEFTFIELD is well-versed in all phases of project management: planning, feasibility, preconstruction, design, bidding, construction, commissioning, and close-out. We have significant experience in working on both design-bid-build construction contract methodologies as well as with the Construction Management at-Risk (CM at-Risk) approach. In addition to managing the design and construction of a project, LEFTFIELD has been instrumental in assisting owners with the acceptance and turnover of buildings from construction to operations.

Jim Rogers

MCPPO – Principal In Charge

Jennifer Carlson

MCPPO – Project Director 

Linda Liporto

MCPPO, CSL, LEED, OSHA – Senior Project Manager

Lynn Stapleton, MCPPO

LEED, OSHA, AIA – Project Advisor

Adele Sands

Educational Liaison

Jay Faxon

MEP Specialist

Drummey Rosane Anderson, Inc. (DRA) – Project Architect                   

DRA is one of New England’s recognized leaders in the design of public schools and is perhaps the foremost architectural firm in the planning, design, and construction of career/vocational technical schools in Massachusetts. The depth of our experience is exhibited in over 80 educational projects in the last seven years alone, including 14 high school projects, eight of which were Career-Technical Schools.

Our involvement with the District began in 2017 with the development of a Facilities Master Plan which supported the District’s Statement of Interest and ultimately led to this project with the MSBA. Our involvement continued with several “house doctor” and on-call assignments with South Shore Tech including the addition of a Horticultural greenhouse, security and entrance upgrades, athletic locker rooms, and a window replacement project. DRA’s collaboration with South Shore Tech continues to today with our current assistance to the District with improvements to their Culinary Arts and Carpentry programs. We believe our work to date signifies our dedication to South Shore and exemplifies DRA’s philosophy of developing clients not just projects. We are excited to continue our successful partnership with the District by providing an educationally appropriate, cost-effective design solution that supports the educational vision, attains the District’s aspirations, and maintains their budgetary requirements.

Carl R. Franceschi

AIA, LEED AP BD+C, MCPPO Principal in Charge

Judd Christopher

MCPPO, Project Manager

Sarah Carda

AIA, Project Architect


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.



Whitman Forum

June 8, 2024