Gerry-Ciffon-Bell Elementary School Consolidation
in grades Prek-3
The Town of Marblehead has spent the last two decades implementing a master plan for the modernization of its K-12 schools. Its most recent project was the construction of a new 425-Pupil Glover School that consolidated two PK-3 neighborhood school districts. RDA was hired in 2017 to assist the District in determining the best course of action to address programmatic and parity needs at the two remaining PK-3 neighborhood schools, currently housed in four different buildings on three different sites. Marblehead is projected to experience declining enrollments into the foreseeable future and the MSBA directed the District to study options for both New and Addition/Renovation projects housing both 160-Pupils and 450-Pupils. RDA provided the District and Building Committee with (23) different development options with a detailed analysis of program, play space, traffic impacts, operating costs, massing/shadow impacts, phasing, permitting, and project costs. The Committee unanimously approved the construction of a new 450-Pupil school on an existing school site, which RDA has design and is currently under construction.