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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.)