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Minuteman Selects Firm to Oversee Construction of New High School

Minuteman Selects Firm to Oversee Construction of New High School

LEXINGTON – The Minuteman School Building Committee has selected the Gilbane Building Co. to serve as Construction Manager for its new high school. 

As Construction Manager at Risk, Gilbane will be responsible for providing pre-construction services and delivering construction of a new Minuteman High School within a guaranteed maximum price. Image New School

Dr. Edward A. Bouquillon, Minuteman’s Superintendent, praised the selection. 

“Gilbane’s presentation was most compatible with the educational, economic, and community goals of building the new school on time and on budget,” Dr. Bouquillon said. “Their experience in building high-performing, high-quality vocational technical schools was compelling.” 

Under the construction schedule outline by Gilbane and warmly received by the Minuteman School Committee, the new school would be ready for occupancy by students in the fall of 2019, one full year ahead of all previous estimates.

With world headquarters in Providence, Rhode Island, Gilbane Building Co. has more than 50 offices throughout the world, including one in Boston. It is currently managing more than 1,000 construction projects across the globe. 

Gilbane has been a leading construction company in Massachusetts for seven decades, serving commercial and public clients, including a host of schools and colleges. These include the University of Massachusetts, Worcester Polytechnic Institute, Tufts University, Boston’s Dearborn STEM Academy, Essex North Shore Agricultural & Technical High School, and the Winthrop Middle/High School. Gilbane’s website is found at http://www.gilbaneco.com/.

Nine firms expressed interest in the job and five firms submitted Proposals to serve as Construction Manager at Risk. A 9-member subcommittee of the School Building Committee interviewed those five finalists and unanimously recommended Gilbane. That decision was ratified by the School Building Committee on January 9 and endorsed by the District School Committee on January 19. 

The Massachusetts School Building Authority (MSBA) encourages the hiring of Construction Managers at Risk. The MSBA can provide an extra percentage point of funding to districts that retain them.

The Minuteman project is expected to cost $144.9 million. The MSBA has committed to paying approximately $44 million of that, with the rest to be paid by member towns through annual capital assessments and by non-member towns that send students to Minuteman through revenue generated by a new state-imposed “capital fee”.

The new school will include two Career Academies housing a total of 16 career and technical education majors, ranging from Biotechnology and Robotics to Advanced Manufacturing and Multi-Media Engineering. 

The project is currently on time and on budget. 

Pending permitting from the Town of Lincoln, groundbreaking would take place in the spring of 2017. Under an ambitious construction schedule outline by Gilbane, occupancy by students would occur in the fall of 2019.   Demolition of the existing school building and construction of athletic fields would be completed by the summer of 2020.

The new school is being designed to accommodate 628 students.