A New Arlington High School

The Building Committee chose the design concept after two years of careful planning and community input. The design concept was selected because of its combination of cost-effectiveness, educational design, and construction timeline.

The design concept strongly supports the educational program

  • Science labs and classrooms are upgraded to meet current educational and safety standards.

  • Expanded library and maker spaces enhance collaborative, hands-on learning. 

  • Departments are grouped to promote interdisciplinary learning. 

  • A new discourse lab provides a forum for debate and dialog.

  • Outdoor learning spaces and athletic facilities are improved.

The concept includes sustainability features and is designed to be carbon-neutral. This reduces lifecycle costs and increases our reimbursement from the MSBA by $3.5 million.The design also preserves most of the open space in front of the school, while providing additional open space around the facility for active use by students. 

Improved roadways and road design — and pedestrian and bike connection to the Minuteman Bikeway —provide better access.

The design concept cost $25 million less than the renovation-with-addition option considered by the Building Committee. It also provides a shorter construction timeline and allows phased construction, minimizing disruption and avoiding the need for expensive modular classrooms.

The new school will reuse and incorporate several existing architectural elements to carry forward the history of the school. For more, see https://ahsbuilding.org/at-a-glance/preferred-design-concept/.