Team Organization Chart
BuildBPS is led by the City of Boston, the Boston School Committee, and Boston Public Schools. SMMA is the lead planning and design firm, and Pinck & Co. is the project manager. BuildBPS is overseen by a management team composed of senior officials from the City of Boston and Boston Public Schools.
Advisory Committees

BuildBPS was anchored by the establishment of five advisory committees, convened to collect and analyze data, examine challenges and opportunities, compile findings, and provide guidance to the overall initiative.

These committees met regularly, from Fall 2015 to Fall 2016, and consisted of representatives from the Mayor’s Office and other City departments; BPS administrators, faculty, and students; partner organizations; parents and other community members; and expert consultants in relevant fields.

Educational Planning:

This committee was tasked with assisting the district in refining its priorities and plans for teaching and learning in the years ahead, and envisioning the facility and spatial features that will promote effective instruction. It assisted in identifying BPS’s educational priorities and explored how school facilities can support the district’s pedagogical approaches to ensure that they are designed and equipped for innovative, 21st century teaching and learning. Committee members heard presentations and participated in discussions on numerous topics, including Universal Design for Learning, grade configurations and feeder patterns, digital learning, collaborative spaces, and expansion options for early childhood education, special education and related services, athletics, and food services.


This committee was tasked with developing analyses of the distribution and growth (or decline) of school-age populations in the City of Boston by neighborhood, race, and grade level. It worked closely with BPS, the City of Boston, and the Boston Planning & Development Agency (BPDA), to develop enrollment projections that will be used to estimate the district’s space needs over the next 10 years. Members reviewed current student population numbers, historical enrollment patterns, and anticipated changes in housing patterns in Boston, to analyze where school-age children are likely to live over the coming decade. This information will be used to inform school siting and feeder-pattern strategies for different parts of the City.

Facilities Assessment:

This committee was tasked with documenting existing school conditions and schools’ capacity to house various educational programs. Led by architects, engineers, and educational planners from SMMA and its subcontractors, and in partnership with each school’s principal, it conducted both facilities and educational-adequacy assessments. Facilities assessments inventoried building layout and conditions. Educational assessments documented the adequacy of spaces for the educational programs offered in each building. These assessments focused only on the building, the site, and the effectiveness of the building as an educational facility. They did not attempt to evaluate school performance in terms of student outcomes or quality of teaching and learning.

Community Engagement:

This team was tasked with gathering perspectives and feedback from BPS staff, students, parents, and other stakeholders about the present and future state of Boston’s educational facilities. In addition to developing a multilingual survey and hosting public events, the team met regularly to develop and launch a broad range of communications tools and strategies, geared toward increasing public awareness about and involvement in BuildBPS.


This committee was tasked with conducting an analysis of long-term building maintenance, modernization, and new-building construction costs; and exploring financing strategies to generate revenue for repair, upgrade, and new-building projects. It investigated potential capital costs associated with an undertaking as large as BuildBPS. Additionally, members explored options for financing potential projects, to ensure that any proposed construction or renovation is within the City’s financial capability. Financing options explored include issuing city bonds, leveraging current Massachusetts School Building Authority funding streams, proposing multiple project packages with the MSBA, identifying potential dedicated revenue sources in the City budget, and developing new public-private partnerships.

Lead Educational and Facility Planning Firm
Since 1955, SMMA has balanced architecture, engineering, interiors, and site design to afford clients the agility of a single source of creative and technical expertise. The practice is guided by a shared pursuit of design excellence and social responsibility. The firm’s extensive K–12 portfolio comprises advanced educational environments that serve elementary, middle, and high school students. With decades of collective experience, its professionals maintain an abundance of intellectual capital in working with clients and communities to produce innovative, effective designs for education in the 21st century.
Pinck & Co.
Owner’s Project Manager
Pinck & Co. provides consulting services to owners during all phases of capital and planning projects. Its trademark is smoothly integrating the complicated, multi-faceted elements inherent to every project, while consistently representing the owner’s interests. As a specialist in serving public sector, institutional, and non-profit owners, Pinck & Co. becomes an extension of its clients’ organizations, working seamlessly on their behalf and allowing them to remain focused on achieving their key service mission while undertaking a project.
MGT of America
Demographics & Educational Planning Sub-consultant
Since 1988, MGT of America’s PK–12 facilities practice has helped school districts, state departments, and boards of education across the country develop or refine standards for educational facilities, assess the impact of current and future educational programs, determine future enrollments and demographics, analyze the capacity and utilization of school buildings, and generate short- and long-range facility scenarios that are educationally sound and community-based.
New Vista Designs for Learning
Educational Planning Sub-consultant
New Vista Designs for Learning is a Boston-based consulting firm that works with schools, districts, charter management organizations, architectural firms, and foundations across the U.S. and abroad to facilitate the design of 21st century, inquiry-based, and technology-rich school programs and the facilities that house them. New Vista Designs for Learning often works in partnership with a national network of colleagues and organizations that have diverse expertise in curriculum and facility design. It is the educational planner for the district’s Dearborn STEM Academy and Boston Arts Academy projects, both currently underway.
WSP | Parsons Brinckerhoff
Facilities Assessments & Financial Planning Sub-consultant
WSP | Parsons Brinckerhoff is a globally recognized engineering professional services firm, employing approximately 36,500 people. Providing services to transform built environments and restore natural ones, the firm’s expertise ranges from environmental remediation to urban planning, from engineering iconic buildings to designing sustainable transport networks, and from developing energy sources of the future to enabling new ways of extracting essential resources.
Beehive Media
Data Visualization and Dashboard Development
Beehive Media is an information design, data visualization and data storytelling consultancy. Since 1994, the firm has been helping clients turn complex data-driven content into compelling interactive experiences, as well as animated and print infographics, for internal and external audiences. The firm is also a leader in the field teaching information design via online courses on LinkedIn Learning ( and in-person workshops.