West Elementary & Shawsheen Preschool Building Project

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Project Overview

Construction of the new West Elementary and Shawsheen Preschool is well underway. After many years of planning, construction of the new schools began in the summer of 2022. At a Special Town Meeting on December 1, 2022, Andover voters approved additional funding for the project which was required due to unprecedented economic conditions occurring throughout the country. (Thank you to Andover voters!) With that approval, we established a Guaranteed Maximum Price with our construction manager, Gilbane Building Company, which capped overall construction costs. In March of 2023, we celebrated the placement of the final steel beam for the new building with a Topping Off Ceremony. Thanks to a provision in the Fiscal Year 2024 State budget, Andover will receive a supplemental grant from the State which will serve to lower the Town’s overall share of constructions costs. The exact amount of this supplemental grant has yet to be determined.

As of January 2024, we are about at the half-way point of construction. We reached our goal of enclosing the building before the start of winter, including completion of roof installation, exterior wall weatherproofing, and completion of exterior wall masonry. Installation of metal siding and windows is almost complete. We are now focusing on interior construction of classrooms, offices, and educational spaces. Construction fencing continues to safely separate the new school building site from the current school, with playgrounds, parking areas, and site circulation patterns the same as they were during the last school year. 

When the current school year ends - the final school year for the existing West El - demolition of the existing West El building will begin, and new roadways, playing fields and parking areas will be installed in its place. We will happily welcome West El students and staff into their new school in August of 2024 for the start of the school year. Shawsheen students and staff will be welcomed to their new school the following August.

For those who would like to learn more about the project, please see the information below. The FAQs and Presentations sections contain lots of useful information. If you still have questions, please contact Joel Blumstein, the Building Committee Chair, at joel.blumstein@andoverma.us.

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Previous Time Lapse Videos

WESB Project Timeline May 2022
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By the Numbers  
Enrollment 1,055 students (includes Pre-K)
Building Size 191,028 SF
MSBA Max Reimbursement Rate 45.85%
Effective Reimbursement Rate 22.61%
Total Project Budget $168,066,623
Anticipated MSBA Grant $38,007,178
Anticipated District Share $130,059,445

Module 7

Module 7

Overall Steps in the Process

MSBA Modules

Module 7 Presentations

Module 6 Presentations

Module 5 Presentations

West Elementary School video - May 2021

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Archived  previous presentations (Module 1 - Module 4)

Meetings are live-streamed on Andover TV and may be watched on Comcast 6 and Verizon 43.

To view a previous West El & Shawsheen PreK School Building Committee meeting, click here for video archives. For previous agendas and minutes, click here. 

Committee Members

Joel Blumstein
Andrew Flanagan
Town Manager
Susan McCready
School Committee
Tracey Spruce
School Committee
Dr. Magda Parvey 
Janet Nicosia
Director of Facilities
Keith Taverna
Assistant Superintendent of Finance & Administration
Elizabeth Roos
Carol Green
Patrick Lawlor
Finance Director
Mark Johnson
Paul Rollins
Siggy Pfendler
Armata Kirpalani
Rick Almeida

Owner’s Project Manager: PMA Consultants
Architect: SMMA
Construction Manager: Gilbane Building Company
Massachusetts School Building Authority (MSBA)