For Immediate Release - June 06, 2012

MSBA Votes to Move Forward on Two Major Springfield Projects

Tornado Damaged Dryden and Brookings Schools to Benefit from Decisions

Treasurer Steven Grossman, Chairman of the Massachusetts School Building Authority (MSBA), and Jack McCarthy, MSBA Executive Director, today announced that the Authority’s Board has voted to move forward on two major Springfield school projects, making good on a promise to local officials to help repair storm-ravaged learning facilities impacted by last year’s tornados.

“In the year since the tornados struck, the people of this community have shown extraordinary resilience and character,” said Treasurer Grossman. “The MSBA is proud to stand with the City of Springfield and its citizens as we commit to rebuilding these two schools.”

The two votes approved today involve projects associated with the Mary A. Dryden Veterans Memorial School and the Elias Brookings School.  The tornados, which hit the region a little over a year ago, tore a large portion of the roof off of the Dryden School and tore through the hallways of the Brookings School, leaving a swath of destruction in their wake.

The measures approved at today’s Board meeting include:

  • Dryden School – Approval of the schematic design for the addition/renovation project to repair the roof and major building systems. Next steps involve the District and the MSBA entering into a funding agreement that will further detail the project’s scope and budget for the estimated $14.4 million project.
  • Brookings School – Approval to move the school into the schematic design phase, allowing the District to now work in close collaboration with the MSBA to produce detailed renderings for the proposed new school.

“The repairs to these two schools will mean a better learning and teaching environment for Springfield’s students and teachers,” said Executive Director McCarthy. “It’s another example of the commitment, collaboration and the partnership between the MSBA and local school districts.”

The MSBA partners with Massachusetts communities to support the design and construction of educationally-appropriate, flexible, sustainable, and cost-effective public school facilities. Since its inception, the Authority has made $8.7 billion in reimbursements for school construction projects. These timely payments have saved municipalities over $2.9 billion in avoided local interest costs and have provided much needed cash flow to communities.