The Massachusetts School Building Authority (MSBA) divides its process into eight separate modules. We completed Module 5, Funding the Project, in the summer of 2021 when Andover voters approved project funding at the 2021 Annual Town Meeting and at the polls. In addition, the West Elementary/Shawsheen Preschool Building Committee authorized the extension of contracts for the Owners’ Project Manager (PMA Consultants) and the architect (SMMA) and authorized the entry of a contract with Gilbane Building Company as the construction manager. The Town also entered into a final Project Funding Agreement with (MSBA) which sets the terms for reimbursement by MSBA of a portion of approved project costs.
The project is now in Module 6 of the MSBA process, the detailed design phase. We submitted a detailed design report to the MSBA in October of 2021. This will be followed by the preparation and submittal of construction documents – a 60% package in February of 2022, a 90% package in April of 2022, and then a 100% package in July of 2022, the last of which will allow Gilbane to move forward with construction bids and awards.
We expect to enter Module 7, construction, in the spring/summer of 2022, and to complete the project, Module 8, in the fall of 2025.