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Ivan G. Smith Elementary School Project

About the School & Project:

The Ivan G. Smith Elementary School, located on Lobao Drive, was built in 1973 as an “open classroom” concept building.  The school was awarded the Architectural Award of Excellence in 1975 by the American Institute of Steel Construction for its innovative design; but, almost 45 years later, the building itself has reached the end of its useful life and the education field has moved away from the “open classroom” concept.

In 2015, the Massachusetts School Building Authority (MSBA) approved the Town’s application to partner on a project to replace the Smith School with a modern facility that is consistent with the other four Danvers elementary schools in terms of instruction, assessment, technology and safety.

As a partner, the MSBA will fund more than 50% of allowable project costs.  Danvers has a strong track record of working with the MSBA on successful school projects, and the Town maintains a School Construction Stabilization Fund (established in 2000) to ensure that school projects, once approved, have adequate funding in place.

A School Building Committee (SBC) was formed in October 2016 and has been working since then with the MSBA to advance through the Authority’s project modules, as noted below.  This webpage is meant to serve as a centralized location for neighbors, residents, and stakeholders to find project related news, information, and resources.


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About the MSBA Process:

The MSBA process is broken down into eight modules:

Module 1 – Eligibility Period (completed November 2016)

Module 2 – Project Team (completed November 2017)

Module 3 – Feasibility Study

Module 4 – Schematic Design

Module 5 – Project Scope and Budget and Project Funding Agreements

Module 6 – Design Development, Construction Documentation & Bidding

Module 7 – Construction Administration

Module 8 – Project Closeout

Detailed information on each of the modules is available on the MSBA website.  View a draft timeline of the Smith School Project.


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