Arlington received an approval from the Massachusetts School Building Authority to move forward with renovation plans. Now that they have a project manager, an architect can now be chosen. Skanska is a worldwide construction and development who will be helping Arlington High School choose an architect for this project. Skanska has completed many projects in the area including Winchester High School, Lowell High School and Minuteman Career and Technical High School. The architect chosen may be suggested by a nine-member design subcommittee that includes Arlington Public Schools Superintendent Kathleen Bodie, Town Manager Adam Chapdelaine, AHS Principal Matt Janger and AHS Assistant Principal Bill McCarthy. The final decision must be approved by both the MSBA Designer Selection Panel, which consists of 13 members, and three members from Arlington. A representative from Skanska predicts the architect for the AHS project will be selected by October of 2017.
Once the architect is chosen, a community meeting will be held which will give the residents of Arlington an opportunity to meet the chosen architect and learn about their vision for the upcoming project. The next major step after the architect is secured is approval for debt exclusion. The committee predicts this vote will take place in the Spring of 2019. There is currently a domain being built (ahsbuilding.org) with updates about the project which will be up and running by early September. (The committee also put together a frequently asked questions page on the Arlington Public Schools website under Administration/Building Projects.)
Once an architect is selected, designs for the project will be mapped out. Because the high school will be rebuilt in phases, the expected completion date is to be determined on the phase-occupied design selected. All meanwhile keeping in compliance and minimizing the impact on the students’ learning.
The next AHS Building Committee meeting is scheduled for Sept. 5 at 6 p.m. on the sixth floor of the Arlington High School.