Arriving at the final project budget

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As the project nears the end of the Schematic Design phase, the Building Committee has spent the past few weeks reviewing refined cost estimates and discussing adjustments to the project budget. At the February 5 meeting, the Building Committee voted unanimously on a proposed project budget of $291M, a $17M reduction from the preliminary estimate of $308M last summer. Read …

Parmenter School Analysis

At the January 22nd Building Committee meeting, the committee further discussed the results of the Parmenter space and cost analysis performed by HMFH Architects. After reviewing the study results and a discussion of the pros and cons, the Building Committee voted to use the Parmenter School only as a temporary location for Menotomy Preschool during construction of AHS and not …

High School Benchmarks: We are not alone

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2/13/19 Note: The figures used in this blog are based on Preferred Schematic Report estimates. At the PSR stage, Arlington’s estimate was $308M. At the end of Schematic Design, Arlington’s project budget is now $291M. We are in the process of updating this benchmark comparison to compare Schematic Design costs with other projects. Arlington, Belmont, Waltham, Saugus and Somerville are …

Menotomy Preschool’s role in the district

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The Arlington High School (AHS) building houses several different programs that are necessary and important resources for our public schools. Menotomy Preschool is a crucial part of Arlington Public Schools (APS) because it provides state and federally mandated inclusion-based education for Arlington’s preschool students who require special education services. In addition, it provides opportunities for AHS students to take hands-on …

November Community Feedback Summary

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The Building Committee invited the Arlington community to provide feedback regarding exterior design concepts, an updated site plan and reuse/re-creation of historic element concepts. Information on these elements was presented at the Nov. 28 Community Forum and feedback was solicited at the forum and via an online form. This post summarizes the community feedback gathered on these schematic design concepts. …

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 November 27 and January/February (date TBD). The AHS Building Committee’s goals …

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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 …