Natick Public Schools is collaborating with the Massachusetts School Building Authority (MSBA) on the Kennedy Middle School building project. The MSBA works in partnership with local communities to fund fiscally responsible and educationally appropriate schools. The MSBA is a quasi-public Authority that provides construction management, financial, audit, and administrative expertise to support the Commonwealth’s school districts throughout the school building construction process.

In its nine-year history, the MSBA has made more than $9.6 billion in reimbursements to cities, towns, and regional school districts for school construction projects. Districts receive payments from the MSBA as costs are incurred.

MSBA Modules

The following eight (8) modules have been established by the MSBA to help eligible districts understand and complete the school building process. In addition, below is a graphic outlining the MSBA process with each module represented in the process.

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Module 1
The MSBA requires the District to submit various information, including but not limited to: funding capacity information; existing maintenance practices; and design enrollment certification.
Module 2
Project Team
The MSBA requires the District to hire an Owner’s Project Manager and a design team utilizing MSBA standard templates and contracts.
Module 3
Feasibility Study
During this phase, the District will work with its Owner’s Project Manager and design team to document its educational program, generate an initial space summary, document existing conditions, establish design parameters, develop and evaluate alternatives, and recommend the most educationally appropriate preferred solution to the MSBA Board of Directors for their consideration.
Module 4
Schematic Design
During this phase, the district and its team develop a final design program and robust schematic design. It must include an appropriate level of detail to establish the scope, budget, and schedule for the Proposed Project.
Module 5
Project Scope and Budget
At this point in the process, the MSBA Board of Directors establishes the MSBA’s financial participation in the project. The next step after this is for the MSBA and the District to enter into a Project Funding Agreement.
Module 6
Design Development, Construction Documentation, and Bidding
The District and its team advance the design, generate construction documentation, procure bids and award a construction contract in accordance with the agreed upon project scope, budget and schedule as documented by the MSBA.
Module 7
Construction Administration
The MSBA continues to monitor progress of the project to confirm that it remains on track and meets project expectations.
Module 8
Project Closeout
The MSBA performs final audit to determine final total grant amounts and make final payment.