Blog: Sustainability Update

Updates

Sustainability is integral to the new high school design and over the past year, the AHS Building Committee has made substantial progress on identifying key sustainability features for inclusion. Our Ponderings Blog: Sustainability at the new AHS – an Update provides more details on the current plans. Arlington will receive approximately $3.5 million in additional reimbursement from the state by …

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Blog: An Architect’s Reflections on the High School

Updates

In our Ponderings Blog: “An Architect’s Reflections on the High School“, AHS Building Committee member and architect John Cole provides a personal reflection as to why the Building Committee chose a new school over a renovation/addition of the existing school.

Fly-through video & forum

Updates

To give residents a closer look at the interior and exterior design concept of the proposed new high school, we’ve created a virtual fly-through video. The next community forum will be held on Tuesday May 21, from 7-9pm at Town Hall. AHS Building Committee leaders will present details on the educational vision, design concept and cost and residents are invited …

Town Meeting Approval

Updates

On April 29, Town Meeting overwhelmingly approved the appropriation of funds for the new high school with a vote of 208 to 10. The next crucial step in the process is the town-wide debt exclusion vote on June 11 to fund the school. The Building Committee presented detailed information on the need, design concept details, cost details, process, educational vision, …

Blog: Consequences of a ‘No’ Vote

Updates

Because of enrollment needs, deteriorating facility conditions and accreditation concerns, major work will need to be done on the high school even in the event of a failed debt exclusion. Our Ponderings blog post ‘The Consequences of a ‘No’ Vote‘ details the AHS Building Committee’s evaluation of creating a working high school should Arlington vote against the debt exclusion. The …

Blog: Cost – The Big Picture

Updates

Our latest Ponderings Blog “Cost: The Big Picture” gives a big picture view of what contributes to the overall cost of the new high school. There are three primary drivers that must be considered: High Schools are costly The Boston area construction market is expensive Arlington High School has specific factors that increase its cost above a typical high school …