What are the next steps in the MSBA process/timeline?

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.

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1. What will the new West El/Shawsheen Preschool look like and where will it be located?
2. How will the educational environment be improved at the new West El?
3. How will the educational environment be improved at the new Shawsheen preschool?
4. When will construction activities begin?
5. How will traffic circulation change during construction?
6. How will construction vehicles enter and exit the site?
7. How will people be notified of changes in traffic circulation?
8. What will the project work hours be?
9. Will play areas be relocated during construction?
10. What will happen to the playing fields behind the current West El?
11. Will there be other impacts on students’ learning environment during construction?
12. When will the new schools open?
13. What are the next steps in the MSBA process/timeline?
14. What is the project budget and what is being done to ensure that there are no cost overruns?
15. What will the tax impact be of the new West El/Shawsheen Preschool?
16. Will the project involve redistricting and, if so, when will that occur?
17. The new WESB project is described as “Net Zero Ready.” What does that mean?
18. Why wasn’t the installation of solar panels on the roof and/or in the parking areas made a part of the current construction project?
19. How much of the new West El/ Shawsheen Preschool energy needs will come from on-site sources?
20. What will happen to the existing West El facility?
21. What will happen to the existing Shawsheen facility?
22. Who are the project contractors?
23. Who serves on the West Elementary/Shawsheen School Building Committee?
24. How can I get more information about the project?