October 21, 2015
Abington School Building Committee (contact: 781-982-2150)
The Abington School Building Committee (ASBC) is pleased to announce the award of a general construction contract for Abington’s new 235,370 s.f. Middle/High School to Brait Builders Corporation of Marshfield. Brait’s total approved contract amount was $78.91 million and includes the construction of a new state-of-the-art and energy efficient pre-school, middle school (grades 5-8) and high school (grades 9-12) with two new synthetic turf fields and field lights. The ASBC is very pleased to report that this contract amount is within the Town approved project budget.
Brait Builders is best known regionally as the builder of the new Marshfield High School and the new Hingham Middle School, both highly successful new school projects. Abington’s owner’s project manager, Mary Mahoney, reports that contract execution is ongoing and that Brait Builders plans to immediately begin to secure building permits and will mobilize its equipment onto the Abington construction site by December 1, 2015. “Brait is eager to get started”, said Mahoney, “and we hope their experience and successes in prior school projects will benefit the students, teachers and taxpayers of Abington.”
“We are thrilled that Abington’s school construction project remains on budget and on schedule, and we look forward to an official groundbreaking ceremony in late November”, exclaimed ASBC Chairman Richard Testa. “On behalf of the residents of Abington, the Building Committee is excited to move forward into the construction phase of this historic town investment.” The new middle/high school is scheduled to be substantially completed by the end of 2017, and the existing AHS building will thereafter be razed in 2018 to make room for construction of the front parking lots and two grass playing fields. The total project cost, as approved by 83% of Abington voters, will be $96.4 million, with the Massachusetts School Building Authority providing funding for just over half of the project. The entire project should be completed in 2018. More information and updates will soon be available on the Building Committee’s website at www.asbc.us.