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Construction of new AHS: Through week of Sept. 26

Saturday work continues

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UPDATED Sept. 22: Preliminary sitework for rebuilding Arlington High School began in late February 2020, and, later that year, residents saw steel rising for one wing. That work -- phase 1 construction -- began in November 2020 and is complete. Phase 2 is currently under way.

Construction work hours were to have been Monday through Friday. However, Saturday work returned Nov. 7, 2020, and may be required for the foreseeable future. 

Viewers can see the new school taking shape by reading the update and viewing the photos through the week of Sept. 26 >>

The Mass. Ave. entrance and circular drive are closed; district offices are accessible by the Fusco Building entrance through Schouler Court, except when access there is restricted.

To maintain safety and health for workers and the community, the project will follow state advisories related to Covid-19, which are subject to change. The town is monitoring progress. 

Read the letter sent to abutting neighbors in 2020 >>

Learn more about the Parmenter project >>
 Geothermal wells scrapped

At the March 26, 2020, School Committee meeting, members learned that the discovery of contamination led to scrapping of  installation of geothermal wells, the planned source of electricity for the rebuilt school.

Further discussion about geothermal wells >> 

A public forum to discuss site work to rebuild Arlington High School was held Feb. 4, 2020, from 7 to 8:30 p.m. at Lowe Auditorium. An estimated 70 people attended, many with questions about rats and parking.

At the Feb. 13, 2020, School Committee meeting, then-Superintendent Kathleen Bodie said work would start in March that year.

Students, neighbors and visitors often see and hear construction activity on the school grounds. For more information, contact the AHS Building Committee and project partners to learn what to expect in the future.

This forum was of interest to parents of students in grades eight through 12 as well as neighbors in the surrounding area. Topics covered included:

  • Site work, fencing, constructionand phasing plans;
  • Field closures and changes to the existing site;
  • Access changes for pedestrians/bikes/cars, parking;
  • Noise and dust control mitigation; and
  • Questions and answers
Project timeline at a glance

The project was in the design-development phase (summer 2019 - summer 2020) when all aspects of the design for the new school were being made final. 

The first wing of the new building was open to students in late February 2022, and the school is scheduled to be fully constructed in 2024 (followed by one year of additional site work).

To receive frequent construction updates, sign up for the new AHS construction updates here >> 

Note: Construction updates are not the same as project eBulletins, which will continue to provide general project information on a bimonthly basis.

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Dec. 20, 2019: $24.7M in cuts bring budget for rebuilt AHS into line

Dec. 14, 2019: About $5M cut from cost gap for new AHS design
Nov. 22, 2019: Estimate for new AHS design shows $29.5M gap
June 14, 2019: A special election: AHS rebuild, override OK'd with strong support 
Feb. 20, 2019: AHS rebuild committee sends schematic design to state agency
Feb. 6, 2019: Official vote backs cost of rebuilt AHS at $291.4M 

This news announcement was first published Thursday, Jan. 16, 2020, and was most recently updated Sept. 22, 2022, based on information from the AHS Building Subcommittee, headed by School Committee member Jeff Thielman.

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