Welcome to the Arlington High School Building Project

Project Status: 10/17/18

HMFH presented initial concepts for the exterior facade facing Mass. Ave. at the Building Committee’s meeting on 10/16/18. Additionally, the Committee decided that the auditorium wing can be pushed back somewhat on the site (increasing the green space to 80 ft deep throughout) but that further setbacks would have effects detrimental to the Educational Plan.     

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Arlington needs a new high school because of increasing enrollment and an outdated facility that does not meet today’s educational needs. In June 2018, the AHS Building Committee selected a new construction Preferred Design Concept for the future high school.

Join us at our next community forum on November 27, 7-9pm, Town Hall.

Site diagram of the new school. Note: not to scale

The project entered the Schematic Design phase in August. More detailed designs will be developed during this period. Future decisions will include interior layout, exterior look and feel, and programs included. Community input will be solicited at multiple public forums this fall and winter.

The design concept was carefully chosen based on a variety of factors including educational fit, layout, sustainability, construction timeline, cost and disruption for students. It is important to note that the current drawings are not final designs, and all costs are preliminary.

At this point in the MSBA process, the project is not funded.  Once the design and budget are final, the project will require approval from Arlington residents.  A spring special election debt exclusion vote is anticipated.

Read our latest editorial:  The AHS Project – Progress Made and Decisions Ahead

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