Construction Under Way

posted Jun 26, 2018, 5:18 AM by Ryan Palmer

Construction of the new Mt. Ararat High School is now under way.  On May 31, 2018 the MSAD No. 75 Board of Directors approved entering into a construction contract with Arthur C. Dudley, Contractor/Builder, at a cost of $46,258,682.  This action followed a public bid opening for the project held on May 23, 2018, and a recommendation to approve the contract with Arthur Dudley from the Building Committee.

With the current building boom some school districts are seeing the low bids for their construction projects come in significantly over budget.  While Arthur Dudley submitted the only bid for the Mt. Ararat Project, the bid came in on budget and the District will be able to move forward in constructing a school with those features which were viewed as important to the school community, such as placing additional security cameras around the site, upgrading athletic facilities, creating additional classroom space and integrating energy-efficient features throughout the school.  The project will also have a positive impact on the local economy, since Crooker Construction of Topsham will be providing the site work and constructing the rectangular turf field.

Construction began prior to the end of the school year with work taking place on new portions of the access road.  The current access road will be closed for construction this summer beginning June 25th, with vehicles only able to access the High School via Can-Am/Republic Avenue.  By mid-summer foundations will be poured, beginning with the gymnasium end of the building on the current baseball field next to the Transportation Garage. 

On June 7th 100 community members attended a joyful ground-breaking ceremony, with speakers noting the long road for state approval of the Project over many years, and the dedication of so many individuals across the community, including PDT Architects, in reaching this point in the Project.  All of this is only possible because of the incredible support from the four communities of MSAD No. 75.

Stay tuned for regular updates on the progress of construction on this website.

(As an interesting note, Arthur Dudley also constructed the last addition to Bowdoinham Community School, a project which was viewed as very successful.)

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posted Jun 14, 2018, 10:42 AM by Ryan Palmer

Construction on the new high school has begun!  The first area of work is extending the current Eagle's Way further into the site.  On Monday, June 25th, Eagle's Way will be closed.  Access to Mt. Ararat High School will be limited to Canam Drive and then Republic Avenue.  It is expected that the construction of the new road will be completed around mid-to-late August. At that time, the new Eagle's Way will be opened in time for the next school year.

The construction fence will also go up around the project on Monday, June 25th.  There will be very limited parking left available in the current student parking lot.

We apologize for any inconvenience this causes, and encourage you to plan accordingly.

Call for Volunteers: New High School Landscaping Committee

posted Jun 13, 2018, 7:10 AM by Ryan Palmer

The MSAD No. 75 Board of Directors is inviting volunteers to join a Landscaping Committee for the new Mt. Ararat High School.  The Committee will begin its work in the fall of 2018, with a limited number of meetings required.
Interested parties should provide a letter of interest discussing their skills, experience and interest, and contact information.  Letters can be emailed to or mailed to:  Superintendent’s Office, Attn: HS Building Project, 50 Republic Avenue, Topsham, ME  04086.  For further information contact Mark Conrad at 729-9961 ext. 230.

MTA Track Closed June 18th

posted Jun 12, 2018, 1:09 PM by Ryan Palmer

On June 18, 2018, the construction fence will be erected in the areas around the Mt. Ararat High School track and student parking lot.  Therefore, the track will no longer be accessible to the public.  

Ground-Breaking Ceremony

posted Jun 11, 2018, 6:50 AM by Ryan Palmer

Due to wind, it is best viewed with closed captions turned on.

Groundbreaking: Mt. Ararat High School

posted May 29, 2018, 5:00 AM by Ryan Palmer

Press Release

RE: Groundbreaking
       Mt. Ararat High School

The public is invited to attend the Groundbreaking Ceremony for the new Mt. Ararat High School.  The event will be held on June 7, 2018 at 4:30 pm.

MSAD No.75 was approved for the construction of a new high school during the 2014-15 school year by the Maine Department of Education.  Once an architect was selected (PDT is our firm), a study was done to determine whether to remodel or build a new school.  Since then, the process for designing and building a school with state funding has been followed, including successful passage of the referendum on March 7, 2017. The project has reached the point where actual construction will begin as soon as this school year ends.

The groundbreaking event will include ceremonial shovel digging by people who have committed countless hours on this project, including the Building Committee and six sub committees.  Following the ceremony, there will be a reception in the High School Commons.

“We hope the community will join us in celebrating the beginning of construction of the new high school.  It has taken four years of hard work to reach this important step.  We are proud of the school design, knowing it will support student learning in a variety of settings.  We are schedule to open the new building in the Fall of 2020.   This is an opportunity to acknowledge their contributions and celebrate the work completed.”

There is a volunteer fundraising committee working to raise $500,000 to supplement the state and local share of the project. These funds will go towards remaining unfunded needs such as, dugouts for baseball and softball, baseball scoreboard, competition field scoreboard, ropes course for gymnasium, turf infill, and other needs identified by the building committee as funds are available.

Donations towards this goal are welcome and encouraged and additional volunteers are needed. If you are interested, please contact Angela Twitchell at or Rob Hollenbach at

For further information contact: Brad Smith, Superintendent of Schools
Mt. Ararat High School
June 7, 2018
4:30 pm
Public Invited

Official Groundbreaking Event - June 7th

posted May 14, 2018, 4:35 AM by Ryan Palmer

An official groundbreaking event is being planned for June 7th at 4:30pm.  Additional details will be shared as the plans come together for this event.

Tree Cutting Begins This Week

posted May 8, 2018, 11:45 AM by Ryan Palmer

Tree cutting to make way for the construction of a new school will begin this week. The current plan for the three different cutting areas is as follows:

May 8th - The stand of trees between the baseball/field hockey field and the track and field will be taken down and chipping of felled trees will hopefully be completed.

May 9th - The stand of trees between the student parking lot/pond/track & field will be cut with the plan to chip the felled trees hopefully being completed.

May 10th and May 11th - The stand of trees on the right side of the roadway leading to MTA from the main entrance will be taken down and removed.  

There will be some specific trees preserved as part of the landscape planning and they will be marked prior to the cutting of trees. 

Why are we moving so fast to remove the trees?

Trees near the current baseball field, track & field, and parking lot will need to be removed prior to June 1st to alleviate concerns about impacts on a protected bat species that lives within our community.  If the trees are not taken down before June 1st there is a high likelihood that a delay of construction would occur.

Noise and Parking During Tree Removal

The goal is to complete the tree removal process in a timely manner with the least amount of disruption as possible. There will be some noise impact with the chipping of trees and some parking impact for the student parking lot.  Cones will be placed in the student parking lot each day as necessary for impacted area so people driving on campus will be able to avoid areas where equipment will need access cutting locations on the days noted. Parents dropping off students at school should look for cones to help you make your way through the student parking lot.

Needless to say, the landscape will be changing drastically this week as work is done to prepare for construction which is anticipated to begin in June.

State Board Approval Leads to Bidding

posted May 8, 2018, 6:42 AM by Ryan Palmer   [ updated May 8, 2018, 6:43 AM ]

The Mt. Ararat High School project has passed another important milestone. On April 11, 2018, the State Board of Education unanimously approved the Design and Funding of our new high school.  That approval, allows the District to put the project out to bid.  John Hodge, Building Committee Chair, Donna Brunette, High School Principal and Superintendent Brad Smith joined PDT Architects for the presentation in Augusta.

State funded projects follow a 21 Step process, with actual construction beginning at Step 20.  We are now at Step 18. In this process, general contractors who want to bid on the project must be pre-approved by the State of Maine.  That step was completed recently, with five firms being authorized to bid on the project.  With State Board Approval, the project went out to bid on Friday, April 13th.  This culminated many months of work in developing the final design and documents needed for contractors to determine their bids.  As Kathy Kahill, Project Manager for PDT noted, “It’s real now, in a little over a month we will know who is going to build the project.  And in two months, we’ll be under construction. And away we go!!”

On April 17th, PDT provided the contractors an opportunity to walk the site in the first week of the bidding process. In addition, it gave contractors the ability to walk through the existing building so they can get a feel for what demolition will entail.  The current building will be demolished immediately after the opening of the new high school in fall of 2020.  Once demolished, the site of the current school will be developed as the new competition field.

Bids will be opened on May 23, 2018 in a formal process at the District Office.  Once verified, the project will be awarded to the “lowest qualified bidder” as required.  Almost immediately, work around the site will begin starting with the construction of the new entrance road, which extends the current road further into the wooded area.  You will also begin to see some tree removal by the baseball field and parking lot.  Once graduation is completed, the contractors will kick into "high gear". More details will follow to provide you with specifics about how this work will impact traffic flow and access over the summer.

This project is possible because so many people have volunteered countless hours, each contributing to the overall design of the building.  Superintendent Smith noted, “What a delight it was to be able to talk about the project, the community support, and features of our building to the State Board of Education.”

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