AUBURN, Mass. — Designs for the proposed new Auburn Middle School on West Street were presented to the Auburn's School Committee Wednesday night by the project's architect.
The presentation was part of a series of forums and informative displays on the construction project the school department has planned to help inform voters before the project goes before the town in the spring.
Town Meeting members will vote on the project at the Annual Town Meeting on May 7 and Auburn voters will weigh in at the Annual Town Elections on May 21.
The proposed school would be built on the site behind the existing Randall School, which houses district offices and the fire station.
Eric Moore of Lamoureux Pagano said the West Street site was chosen because it can be developed without impacting the existing Swanson Road facility.
"Each of the other options would have had a significant impact on students on a day-to-day basis," he said.
Moore said one key elements to the site was Auburn negotiated the purchase of a 6.6 parcel on West Street from the Masonic Lodge.
"Contingent upon approval of this project, the town would purchase that parcel, and it will create a site of just under 14 acres," said Moore.
While the existing middle school is about 60,000 sq. feet, the proposed two-story school would be about 100,000 square feet, said Moore.
The site would also accommodate a multi-use field, which could either be turf or grass, as well as a school garden.
The site would also feature an approximately 160-space parking lot, compared to the 91 spaces at the current school.
Additionally, Moore said the floor plan of the school itself was "really a response to the way the district delivers their curriculum to the students."
As a team-based school, there would be four classroom wings, with two on each level.
Three identical wings would have seven classrooms of 900 square feet, "larger than the largest classroom you have now at the Swanson Road facility" as well as science labs.
The fourth wing would have technology shops and a dedicated technology classroom, as well as special education space.
The school would also boast a full-size gymnasium with spectator seating, as well as a multi-use cafeteria with a platform for presentations.
More information about the Auburn Middle School project is available on the district website.