Cost Contributors Explained

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Building a new high school is a huge undertaking and there are many considerations when estimating its cost. In this series of two blog posts, these cost contributors will be broken down and explained. This post covers the costs that are unique to Arlington High School as detailed in the spreadsheet below. The next blog will address the project estimate …

Addressing Misconceptions

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The new high school is a big project and has sparked numerous community conversations. We are glad that it is of interest to so many. However, members of the Building Committee have seen some misconceptions arise on the AList, Facebook, and elsewhere and we would like to address them. The biggest misperception is that the massing diagrams are the final …

Sept. 24 Forum Summary: Project Update & Site Definition

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Following is a summary of the Sept. 24 forum, with links to the presentations. You can also watch the forum on ACMI (1st hour: project update; 2nd hour: site discussion). Nearly 150 community members attended the first community forum of the Schematic Design phase.  Additional forums are scheduled for October 24, November 27 and January/February (date TBD). The AHS Building …

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Schematic Design Overview

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This blog post reviews the Schematic Design Phase of the High School Building Project. On August 29, 2018 the Massachusetts School Building Authority (MSBA) Board of Directors voted to approve the Town of Arlington to proceed into schematic design to replace the existing Arlington High School. Arlington submitted the Preferred Schematic Report (PSR) to MSBA in July, which presented the …

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 …