What factored into the preferred design concept decision?

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The AHS Building Committee considered numerous factors when deliberating which design concept to select for the future High School. This was a very difficult decision and the committee carefully weighed the pros and cons of each option as well as a variety of factors including cost, educational fit, layout, sustainability, construction timeline, disruption to students and community feedback. Ultimately, the …

Sustainability at the New AHS

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Based on Arlington’s proven commitment to reduce our energy consumption and our environmental impact, it should come as no surprise that there is keen interest in building a new high school that is sustainable. The new high school should not only meet our educational needs for the 21st century, but also help us fulfill our commitment to environmental stewardship while …

Community Feedback Summary

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One of the AHS Building Committee’s priorities is to engage the community and gather feedback on the vision for the future high school.  A town-wide forum on June 4th presented information about the MSBA process, Arlington’s current status, and the four preferred design concept options. After the presentation, attendees competed a feedback survey soliciting their feelings about the design options …

June 4 Forum Summary: Design Concept Feedback

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Over 200 residents gathered at Town Hall June 4th to hear the latest update on the project.  The AHS Building Committee will vote on one preferred concept in late June for submission to the MSBA in early July.  Community feedback – gathered at this forum and through the online feedback form – is important to the Committee and one of …

Proposed Spaces within the Future AHS

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This blog is the third in a three-part series summarizing essential materials developed during the Feasibility Study. The series includes: Creating the Educational Vision Educational Program Summary Proposed Spaces within the Future AHS These materials were developed in response to the following core questions that will guide the design: What is important to AHS? Where is AHS now, and where …

Educational Program Summary

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This blog is the second in a three-part series summarizing essential materials developed during the Feasibility Study. The series includes: Creating the Educational Vision Educational Program Summary Proposed Spaces within the Future AHS These materials were developed in response to the following core questions that will guide the design: What is important to AHS? Where is AHS now, and where …

Creating the Educational Vision

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This blog is the first in a three-part series summarizing essential materials developed during the Feasibility Study. The series includes: Creating the Educational Vision Educational Program Summary Proposed Spaces within the Future AHS These materials were developed in response to the following core questions that will guide the design: What is important to AHS? Where is AHS now, and where …

AHS Renovation-Only Option Ruled Out

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As part of our agreement with the Massachusetts School Building Authority (MSBA), the Town of Arlington must consider a renovation-only option for our high school building project. Renovation-only means the future Arlington High School remains within the walls of the current building without any additional square footage. The AHS Building Committee determined that a renovation-only option is not suitable for …

Preliminary Designs Chosen

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On April 10th the AHS Building Committee discussed eight preliminary design concepts developed by HMFH Architects for the future high school.  The committee selected four concepts to further refine and explore: two renovation/addition options and two all new construction options. All eight early concepts developed by HMFH considered either renovation with new construction or all new construction since a renovation-only …

April 4 Forum Summary: Preliminary Concepts Presented

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At the project’s fourth community forum, over 100 residents got updates on site selection, current and future programming needs and preliminary massing diagrams. After hearing Town Manager Adam Chapdelaine give a recap of the committee’s decision to keep the high school on the current site, AHS principal Matthew Janger gave a summary of the current AHS programming and future space needs. …