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Sudbury Mulls Options for Town Hall Renovation

Sudbury Public Schools administration could move into Flynn Building.

A proposed renovation plan for Sudbury Town Hall.
A proposed renovation plan for Sudbury Town Hall.
The Town of Sudbury is considering renovating Town Hall to provide additional office, facility and operational space to insure the most effective administration of Town government and the most effective delivery of Town services to its citizens.

In a report by Combined Facilities Director Jim Kelly, Bargmann Hendrie + Archetype (bh+a) was retained by the Town to perform a Conditions Assessment and Recommendations for the renovation of the Town Hall, a Programming Assessment for the Town Offices in the Flynn building and the School Administration in the Fairbank Building, schematic drawings and cost estimate for the renovation. The Study was overseen by the Sudbury Permanent Building Committee. 

The selected Town Department and School Administration leaders filled out space planning questionnaires in order for Bh+a to better understand their space needs and adjacencies, Kelly reported. Bh+a also inventoried the current office layouts, furniture configurations, file storage, kitchen areas, and printing/copying needs in the Town Hall, Flynn Building and Fairbank Community Center.  

Many design options were produced for the Town offices moving to the Town Hall. Scheme 1 and Scheme 2 are reviewed in the Town Offices Programming Assessment and Recommendations section of the report. The preferred design concept removes the basement and one-story rear addition and creates a new rear addition that replicates the existing height and massing of the original.

Kelly reports two schemes were proposed for the School Administration moving into the Town Hall. The Committee decided that Scheme 2 for the School Administration was the preferred scheme. Scheme 2 provides a second-story addition on top of the 1955 building to gain more usable program space. It also provides a one story addition at the rear of the building for Selectmen and School Committee Meeting room, and allows the School Administration to gain more program space in the existing Town Hall. The designs address the programmatic needs as well as accessibility, egress, restroom requirements, and system upgrades to the building.  

If the Town offices move into the Town Hall, the school administration is slated to move into the Flynn Building. A third study was undertaken to determine programmatic needs of the Town Departments that would still occupy the Flynn building and program the School Administration into the remaining area. 

Cost estimates were prepared for the Town Office and School Administration schemes programed into Town Hall, as well as a scheme to renovate the building as-is, bringing it up to most current codes and solving accessibility issues, and a scheme to tear down the Town Hall and build a new building that uses space efficiently for the Town Offices or School Administration.  

The full report can be viewed on the Facilities Department web page: http://sudbury.ma.us/departments/Facilities
JON999 December 30, 2013 at 03:08 PM
we're going to turn a historic town hall into office space for the Planning department and the Town Clerk? really? good luck with that. btw, this plan costs $10 million (not a typo).
Jamon December 30, 2013 at 03:12 PM
SERIOUSLY???? THIS WILL COST ABOUT $10,000,000 AND IS ABSOLUTELY UNNECESSARY!!!!!!!! STOP WITH THE SCHEMES TO DOUBLE OUR TAXES IN FIVE YEARS!!! THIS IS NOT NEEDED BY ANY MEANS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! WHAT HAPPENED TO THE LOWER TAXES WE WERE SUPPOSED TO HAVE ONCE THE DEBT SERVICE FOR THE SCHOOLS STARTED TO GO DOWN?????? LET'S COUNT JUST A FEW UNNECESSARY PROJECTS DESIGNED TO MAKE SUDBURY THE MOST TAXED TOWN IN THE STATE: TOWN HALL POLICE STATION $7.5 MILLION FOR A BUILDING ONLY 5 PEOPLE WORK IN !!!!!!! COMMUNITY CENTER
Spirit of 01776 December 30, 2013 at 03:15 PM
All of the town offices can move into Nixon when it closes. It's time to sell the Hosmer House, Loring Parsonage, and any other money pits.
Rob December 31, 2013 at 09:06 AM
We waste more monies on studies and proposals with no over site if its even needed\wanted. Where is the leadership in this town?
pmotw January 02, 2014 at 02:01 PM
You know local government is getting too big when Schools are converted into government offices. On another note, I would like to see the books on the Atkinson pool. We were told this would not cost the taxpayers a dime based of the revenue it generates. I have a feeling it too is a money pit.
Rob January 02, 2014 at 02:02 PM
When do we start to dig a geo-thermal pipe system that can keep the parking lots warm and free of snow? Sure it will cost allot but its for the kids.
Jamon January 14, 2014 at 05:20 PM
We pay for two huge and separate school system bureaucracies, K-8 and LS, with separate superintendents, asst supers, asst to asst supers, layer after layer of admin. This doubling of bloated administrations costs Sudbury taxpayers millions more compared to other towns that pay for only one K-12 bureaucracy. Sudbury is the only town in the state that pays for two bloated expensive bureaucracies. Now, the town proposes we add insult to injury by funding more office space, to the tune of $9 million, for school offices that we simply don't need. Let's pay more millions on schools beyond the millions more we spend for two bloated school system administrations! Wow! Are the selectmen now competing with eachother to promote projects that completely waste taxpayer money?
Jamon February 14, 2014 at 09:34 AM
Let's count up just a fraction of unnecessary projects, like this one, which will add new taxes guaranteed to keep Sudbury the highest taxed town in the state by far: New police station 7.9 Million,Town Hall Renovation 10 Million, Community Center 6 Million, LS / other school roofs (how is this possible that this is necessary already? who allows a contract for commercial roof construction that lasts only a few years?),Sewer 10 Million, and the list goes on and on as new items constantly come up. It will never, ever, end. This has to stop, and more reasonable expenditures must be proposed to address issues and eliminate unnecessary projects, like all those listed above. Sudbury is the only town that does this, and as usual, Sudbury looks to spend the most it can without considering reasonable alternatives, all wasting millions in taxpayer money.

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