RCS Learning Center Construction Information
The Project consists of the proposed construction of a two-story school with a basement. RCS Learning Center, Inc. (RCS) will occupy the main and second floor levels, consisting of approximately 40,000 square feet, which will be visible from the entry off Edmands Road. Mini Miracles, LLC ("Mini") will occupy the basement area, consisting of approximately 10,000 square feet, which will be accessed from behind the building. The existing single-family dwellings use of the property will continue as the home will be part of the employment benefit for the RCS Staff.
RCS is a 501(c)(3) corporation which provides individual behavioral and educational services for children with autism spectrum disability and other developmental disabilities. RCS is committed to creating a school-like environment and exceeds the standards for teaching students with autism effectively. Applied Behavioral Analysis (ABA) is a major treatment methodology with an emphasis on verbal behavior, and a model for teaching communication and language skills. Individual curriculum and teaching procedures are created to fit each student's specific learning style. On-going evaluation of the Individual Treatment Program occurs through direct observation, data collection and analysis and weekly rotation meetings to insure that all students receive the most effective programming possible.
RCS prides itself on maintaining a passionate and educated staff. The Behavior Therapists hold a Bachelor's or Master's Degree and have completed extensive training in ABA prior to working with students. RCS' Special Education Teachers hold licenses from the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education. Program Managers have a Master's Degree and are Board Certified Behavioral Analysts and provide a minimum of two hours of consultation to each student's case per week.
RCS' students range from 3 years to 21 years of age. Instruction is provided from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. An After-School Program for students is also available from 3 to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday.
Mini is a Licensed Day Care Provider. Mini's hours of operation are from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday. Information attached.
RCS and Mini, in combination, provide service for 230 students with an estimate of 165 employees. RCS and Mini currently operate at 6 Strathmore Road in Natick. The Framingham Facility will operate in a manner similar to the Natick Facility.
Traffic / Transportation
The peak hours of traffic will be between 6:45 and 7 a.m. and from 3 to 3:15 p.m. (RCS' employees). Mini has similar peak hours for employees. Peak times for student drop-off at RCS are between 6:45 a.m. and 7 a.m. and 3 to 3:15 p.m. Peak times for student drop-off at Mini are between 6:45 and 7:15 a.m., 9:15 to 9:45 a.m. and 3:30 to 6 p.m.
RCS' students arrive by 50 small buses or vans. There is a sufficient drop-off area in front of the building to service this projected traffic. Mini's students are dropped off by their parents and a drop-off area has been provided to accommodate the drop-off needs of the Mini students.
The STV|DPM Team will work closely with the City of Framingham administrators, neighbors and other Framingham residents to effectively carry out a comprehensive construction mitigation program. The construction mitigation program aims to minimize or eliminate negative impacts to the surrounding abutters and the overall Framingham community from the activities associated with the construction of the RCS Learning Center project located at 82 Edmands Road, Framingham, MA.
Components of the Construction Mitigation Program
The construction mitigation efforts will involve working closely with the general contractor and the design team to ensure that they are proactively planning for each phase of the project, regularly monitoring the job site and maintaining open communication with all stakeholders. Working as a team, we will develop innovative solutions to address complex construction issues and community concerns. Components include:
- Preconstruction surveys and documentation
- Neighborhood meetings
- On-site supervision of project activities
- Noise, dust and vibration monitoring and management
- Safety enforcement
- Controlled worker parking
- Environmentally sensitive means and methods (for storm water runoff etc)
- Proper and visible signage for vehicle and pedestrian way finding
- Stipulated hours of operation including truck deliveries and queuing
- Emissions control with idling rules
- Control of trash disposal
- Close management of construction personnel
- Job/issue specific meetings, on-site project information boards.
- Implementation of corrective action plans if needed.
- Updated status reports on the RCS Learning Center website.