Feb. 13 Community Forum Summary

If you were unable to attend either the January or February project community forums, this questionnaire gives you the opportunity to provide input to the same questions that each forum’s breakout groups were asked. On February 13th, community members, parents, teachers and students gathered to discuss the educational vision for Arlington High School.   Principal Matthew Janger provided a presentation …

What is an Educational Program?

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The creation of an Educational Program during the Feasibility Study Phase is a key step in planning an improved Arlington High School.  The Educational Program is a comprehensive report summarizing the district’s educational objectives and needs and is a strong driver for the ultimate design of the building.  The report includes a statement of the teaching philosophy and methods; a …

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Kick-off Community Forum Summary

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On January 10th, over 100 people gathered at Town Hall for the kick-off public forum for the Arlington High School building project.   Presentations Presenters included Jeff Thielman, AHS Building Committee Co-Chair and School Committee Chair, Jim Burrows from the project’s Owner’s Project Manager (OPM) Skanska USA, and Lori Cowles, a principal at HMFH Architects who has been selected as …

Feasibility Study Overview

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During the Feasibility Study, the Arlington community will create a vision for the new/renovated High School.  This vision will include the educational plan for future programs and courses, desired architectural spaces and the role of the building in the community.  The Feasibility Study is a critical part of the project and will ultimately determine what the future High School will …

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Meet the Building Committee

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The AHS Building Committee represents Town and School administration and committees as well as the community at large.  Skills include educational, financial, architectural, construction, legal, environmental and communications. Kathleen Bodie – Superintendent of Schools Dr. Kathleen Bodie has served as the Superintendent of Arlington’s Schools since 2010, after serving as Interim Superintendent beginning in 2008. She also served as Assistant …

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The Role of the Designer

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The role of the Designer is crucial and broad, spanning almost all phases of the building process. This post examines the critical importance of the Designer as a team member of the renovation/rebuild of the Arlington High School, and describes the skills they bring as project architect as well as the work they must accomplish. As a key player in …

MSBA’s Designer Selection Process

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The selection of the project designer is an open and competitive process in accordance with MSBA guidelines. For the Arlington High School project, a Request for Designer Services was advertised in September 2017. This RFS included criteria that the Designer Selection Subcommittee of the Building Committee and the MSBA’s Designer Selection Panel determined to be important and relevant to the …