Next Building Committee Meeting: Thursday, April 27th

Please join the AHS Building Committee for our next public meeting Thursday, April 27th at 7:50 AM in the School Committee conference room (30 Whittier Ct, 2nd floor, above the Robb Senior Center).

The meeting will begin with a presentation from Walk/Bike Andover, which is a resident-led local advocacy group working to make walking, biking, and rolling safer and more accessible to people of all ages and abilities throughout Andover. Walk/Bike Andover will be presenting considerations for safe and accessible pedestrian and bicyclist access for the future High School project.

Following the Walk/Bike Andover presentation, the project team will be providing an overview of the “Campus 2 with new Theater” project cost which was selected by Building Committee on 4/6/23 as the preferred building option to proceed into Schematic Design.

The cost discussion will include potential added scope items that the Building Committee will consider through the Schematic Design phase including: upgrading the mechanical plant from the base option to air source heat pump or geothermal ground source; use of a heavy timber structure in public areas of the building; providing sustainable irrigation through rainwater harvesting or groundwater wells; installing porous pavement in parking areas; providing artificial turf on the plateau field; adding a parking garage; including enclosed walkways between buildings; and providing sports lighting.

The presentation will also include an overview of the Design-Bid-Build (DBB) and Construction Manager-at-Risk (CMR) project delivery methods. The project team will explain the differences between each delivery method along with the pros and cons of each to help inform the Building Committee’s decision on a preferred approach. If the CMR delivery method is selected, the Building Committee and project team will work to establish a CMR Selection Subcommittee and begin the process to procure a Construction Manager over the coming months. An award would likely be at the end of Schematic Design for assistance with pre-construction services throughout the design phases. The DBB approach would involve waiting for the design and construction documents to be fully complete prior to bidding and award of a General Contractor and associated subcontractors.

The full meeting agenda can be found here on the Town website:

The meeting will also be televised on AndoverTV, livestreamed from their website, and recorded for viewing out of their online meeting archive.