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 at the end of Module 6 of the MSBA process, the detailed design phase. Since the fall of 2021, we have submitted to the MSBA a detailed design report and 60% and 90% construction documents. A 100% package is expected to be submitted in July of 2022 which will allow Gilbane to move forward with construction bids and awards.
Module 7, construction, is also now underway and we expect to complete the project, Module 8, in the fall of 2025.