Greenlodge-Oakdale Elementary Building Project

Oakdale Elementary
  • The Greenlodge-Oakdale Elementary Building Project will explore ways in which the Town can capitalize on state funding to improve and update Dedham’s Elementary school facilities. The project has explored all potential construction opportunities, from the reconstruction of the Oakdale School alone, to a broader plan with multi-site review and a different approach to elementary school configuration.  On August 22, 2023 the Dedham School Committee voted to approve the SBRC recommended Preferred Schematic Report (PSR) which outlines a new Elementary School Building design to be located on the Oakdale school property for 550 students, combining the student popultations of the current Oakdale and Greenlodge elementary schools.

Project News

  • SBRC Update: September 13, 2023

    At the School Building Rehabilitation Committee meeting held on Monday, September 11, 2023, the committee focused on key topics related to the ongoing Greenlodge-Oakdale Elementary Building project, including an update on where we stand in the MSBA process timeline, new building design updates and planned traffic studies. 

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  • Dedham School Committee Update: August 23, 2023

    On Tuesday, August 22, 2023 the Dedham School Committee voted to approve the proposed Preferred Schematic Report, as recommended by the Dedham School Building Rehabilitation Committee (SBRC) for submission to the Massachusetts School Building Authority (MSBA). The PSR submission outlines plans and preliminary design preferences for a new, combined Greenlodge-Oakdale Elementary school to be built on the current Oakdale property.

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  • THE NEXT DECISION: DESIGN - Overview of 4 School Design Concepts

    There are four proposed designs under consideration for the new construction of a 550-student Elementary School on the Oakdale Elementary property. The large size of the Oakdale campus is considered advantageous for allowing adjustments to parking, traffic flow, and for its flexibility of play and open space. Each structure is situated to maximize natural light for learning, potential solar power and efficiency. All four design concepts include the same number and sizes of classrooms, specialized instruction spaces, cafetorium, Gym (with community entrance), and all other support spaces.

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  • SBRC Project Update - July 2023

    The ongoing project to address Dedham’s need for new Elementary school buildings has been moving quickly since the beginning of June, as necessary choices and decisions regarding the future of the project have come to vote in front of the Dedham School Building Rehabilitation Committee (SBRC) and the Dedham School Committee. These votes marked a critical step forward in a process that began several years ago after the need to repair or replace three substandard Dedham elementary schools – Oakdale, Greenlodge and Riverdale - was identified in the 2020 Long Term Facilities Master Plan.  Currently, 700 students attend Dedham elementary schools with deficient physical spaces that are considered well below modern facility standards. 

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  • June 17, 2023 Community Meeting Presentation

    View the slide deck presented at the June 17 Community Meeting.

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  • Initial Community Survey Results June 2023

    Initial survey response summary for review in enrollment and site selection decisions.

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  • Enrollment Decision for New School Approved

    The School Committee has chosen a 550 student enrollment option for the new elementary school project - combining Oakdale and Greenlodge elementary schools, and the SBRC must now vote on whether the school will be sited at the Oakdale, Capen or Greenlodge campus.  

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  • May 2023: Community Input Survey

    It is important that all Dedham residents understand the broad educational and financial considerations associated with the replacement of three school facilities in the years ahead. It is also important that the Dedham School Committee and the School Building and Rehabilitation Committee understand the perspectives and opinions of residents when making decisions about new school buildings. The School Committee and the SBRC kindly ask that you take a few minutes to review the following information and answer a few questions.

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  • March 31, 2023: Preliminary Design Plan Submitted

    The Preliminary Design Program (PDP) was submitted to the MSBA on March 31st.  This is the first milestone submission by the Team and includes the building test fits, documentation on the sites and how the site options were narrowed down to the remaining 5 sites.  It also includes the District Educational Plan and Space Summaries that have been developed over the last several months.

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  • Community Meeting: March 25, 2023 3:30pm - 5:30pm at DMS

    This is your opportunity to provide input on the location and enrollment size of Dedham's next Elementary School building.

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  • Watch: SBRC Community Meeting - Jan 26, 2023

    Dedham TV recording of the SBRC Oakdale Project Community Meeting on 1/26/23

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  • Learn More About Site Review - First Draft for Input

    A first draft of the Site Review Matrix, evaluating all possible sites for a new Elementary School in Dedham. Prepared January 9, 2023

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  • SBRC Meeting - Recent Presentations - January 2023

    See the latest Designer and Project Manager presentations to the SBRC.

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  • RELEASE January 18, 2023: SBRC Project Update

    Get the latest updates on project development, timelines and next steps. Throughout the next year the SBRC will continue to request input from and provide updates to the Dedham Community.    At the January Community Update Meeting, the project team will be reviewing the overall project status and project schedule.   The meeting will also provide an overview of the site review process, review potential sites and provide opportunity for community input on the potential sites.

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  • Have Questions About This Project?

    Take a look at some of the frequently asked questions - and their answers - from the five recent PTO meeting presentations that took place in November & December 2022.

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