Welcome

Welcome to the Newton Center for Active Living (NewCAL) project website!

We want to hear from you! A series of open office hours will be held every Friday from 10:00-11: 30AM. The first meeting is on Friday, August 24, at the Newton Senior Center (345 Walnut Street). The next meeting will be after Labor Day, on Friday, September 7, 2018 (location TBD). These drop-in sessions will take place every Friday for the remainder of the calendar year (with the exception of select dates in Nov and Dec) at various locations throughout the City. Dates and locations will be posted in advance. On Monday, September 17, 2018, from 7:00-8:30PM, you are invited to a Listening Session at the Newton Library. Please click on the “Upcoming events” tab for the July/August 2018 Community Update flyer which has more information.

Background and Update 

As folks have been relaxing and enjoying the summer in July and August, the Designer Selection Committee (DSC) has been working diligently with the Department of Senior Services, the Parks & Recreation Department, and the Public Buildings Department to identify the best candidates for Owner’s Project Manager (OPM), and Designer for the NewCAL project.

The DSC received qualification submittals from five OPM firms.  After careful deliberation, the DSC invited the top three firms to interview.  Based on the interviews, final deliberations and scoring, the DSC recommended the top-ranked firm, NV5, to Mayor Fuller as the best candidate to meet the City’s needs for project management services.  NV5 has been successfully providing OPM services to the City of Newton’s three recent elementary school projects and demonstrated relevant experience with senior and community centre projects.

In similar fashion, the DSC received and reviewed qualification submittals from five architectural firms to provide design services.  The DSC invited three firms to interview and recommended Steffian Bradley Architects (SBA) as the best design candidate for NewCAL. Steffian Bradley most recently completed the Lexington Senior & Community Center.

Mayor Fuller concurred with the DSC’s recommendations and both firms have been brought on board.  Throughout August the team has been working with Senior Services, and Parks & Recreation to understand their current programs and existing facilities, working to develop information gathering methods such as questionnaires, Listening Sessions, and Open Office Hours which will be used to engage the community and help to shape the programming for the future NewCAL facility.

In addition, the team created this project website which can be accessed through the Senior Services, Parks & Recreation and Public Buildings home pages.  The team is also working on a schedule for the Facilities Programming Phase which will kick off in September.

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Note: Feel free to reach out to the project team with any questions or comments. Simply click on the “Contact Us” tab above, fill out the very short online form and submit your message. If you would like to receive future meeting notifications by email, just click on the button next to “I would like to receive future notifications by email” and your email address will be added to our community outreach database. If you do not want to be added to this list, then just click on the other button. This selection can be changed at any time during the project.

Thank you,

The NewCAL Project Management Team

Please visit here frequently to keep up with the latest information, design, presentations, and meetings.

Also, please contact us at newcal@newtonma.gov with any questions.