April 4 Forum Summary: Preliminary Concepts Presented


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. …

Alternate Site Evaluation & Decision


As part of our agreement with the Massachusetts School Building Authority (MSBA), the Town of Arlington must identify and evaluate alternate sites in town that could accommodate a new high school. In this post, we share the decision process that came to the conclusion that the future High School will remain on its current site.   A viable site would …

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AHS: Home to more than just students


You may know that 1,322 students call Arlington High School home.  But did you also know that Arlington’s state-mandated Special Education inclusion preschool, Arlington Community Education, a few Town of Arlington offices, and other programs also call it home?  Arlington High School has a long history as an important town resource and the large complex serves a wide variety of …

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March 5 Community Tour and Forum Summary


Over 100 community members – from preschool parents to senior citizens – got an inside look at the current AHS facility on Monday March 5th.  A dozen High School students and teachers were on hand to guide visitors through the facility – a necessity given the complex series of buildings, levels, hallways and dead-end stairwells that make up the AHS …

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?


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


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


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


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. Want to reach the full committee?  *protected email*. Kathleen Bodie – Superintendent of Schools Dr. Kathleen Bodie has served as the Superintendent of Arlington’s Schools since 2010, after serving as Interim Superintendent …

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The Role of the Designer


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 …