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Story of a Building - Gates Middle School

The class focuses on a recently completed construction project, including new construction and renovations to a public building.

The goal of the class is to immerse attendees in the story of the building construction project.  The class includes a tour of the new or renovated building, presentations, and panel discussions with officials, key members of the project team, contractors and OIG staff to review aspects of the completed building project.

The Story of a Building class is often presented in conjunction with the Massachusetts School Building Authority (MSBA) and focuses on a recent school building project. However, at times, the class may focus on non-school building projects, such as public libraries, public safety buildings or town or city halls.

On October 16, 2019, the OIG, in conjunction with the MSBA, will feature the Gates Middle School in Scituate, MA. The presentations will examine the process the Scituate Public Schools used to design and construct a new school that supports an educational program that focuses on interdisciplinary, performance and project-based learning. School officials will lead a tour of the school. Lunch will be provided.

In 2019, we also presented a Story of a Building class on the Stoughton Public Library project and the Auburn Middle School project.

Class date:
October 16, 2019

Gates Middle School, 460 First Parish Road, Scituate, MA 02066

Time: 8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.

Cost and Credits
$200 each participant - 6 Credits
$75 each participant - No Credits


  • Educational Program Update: Advance Visioning and Advance Planning
  • Fostering community and educator support for project funding and educational program changes
  • Thinking outside the box while staying inside the MSBA Space Summary Template
  • Meeting challenges: security planning; systems choices; site design; budget development for professional development, building operations and building maintenance

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