RDA was selected to work with the City of Lynn and the MSBA in early 2016 to identify the best solution to address the programmatic and physical plant needs at the existing (1917) 650-pupil Pickering Middle School, and to determine the best solution to house 1,660 Grade 6-8 pupils, most of whom were new to the district. Using its in-house expertise, RDA initiated a Programmatic Parity Study covering the entire middle school program in the city, and a Demographic Analysis covering all of the district’s elementary feeder schools. Traffic, ecological, geotechnical, and neighborhood studies were conducted on thirteen different sites. Seven development options making use of four viable sites were then studied in depth, ranging from a single 1,660-pupil middle school on multiple sites, to multiple (two-school) new and add/reno options. MSBA approved splitting the project into two new schools to be located in different parts of the city, one of which will use our Thurgood Marshall Middle School as a ‘model’. Planning is on hold as of March 2016 while the city explores options to fund and provide much-needed capacity and parity improvements across their middle schools.
Pickering Middle School