Community forum on AHS revamp included tour

what if 400An imagined cut-away drawing by HMFH Architects of Cambridge showing how an interior of a new Arlington High might look.

UPDATED, March 5: The effort to revamp Arlington High School is moving forward with a series of forums aimed at involving the public in forming an educational vision about how to reshape the 1914 landmark. 

The third of four community forums was held Monday, March 5, and continued to focus on the vision for the new or renovated high school building. Snow date is March 12.

The evening began with tours of Arlington High School and ended with a presentation and feedback on design patterns. Tours started at 7 p.m. in the foyer of the main entrance of the high school and end in Old Hall for a short Q&A about AHS (from what people saw on the tours) with the AHS principal and superintendent and then move into a discussion about design patterns and desires for the future AHS.

David Stephen from New Vista Design facilitated the second half of the evening leading an interactive discussion about potential design patterns and ideas for the future facility. 

District leaders and representatives from HMFH Architects (project architect) and Skanska (Owner's Project Manager) were on hand to answer questions.

This is the third in a series of public forums to gather community input for the future renovated/rebuilt Arlington High School. The next forum will be held April 4. 
















The second forum was held Tuesday, Feb. 13, following a weather postponement. Read a summary here >>

The focus of the Feb. 13 was on the educational vision for the High School. David Stephen, from New Vista Design, gave an overview of 21st-century teaching and learning themes, and Matt Janger, AHS principal, will highlight current offerings at AHS plus a look to the future.

Attendees met in small groups to discuss priority learning goals and share their educational vision of the future AHS. District leaders and representatives from HMFH, the project architect, and Skanska, the project manager, was on hand to answer questions.

The educational vision aims to describe the specific curricula, courses and programs that will be offered at Arlington High School. It is a key driver of the design for the building. For example, the outline of the science, arts and mathematics curricula will inform the design of classrooms, labs and program spaces allocated for those courses and programs.

The Town of Arlington has been invited into the Massachusetts School Building Authority (MSBA) process for the renovation/construction of Arlington High School. Acceptance to the MSBA program does not guarantee state funding. The MSBA approval process must be completed successfully for the state, via the MSBA, to provide significant financial assistance to the project. Local funding must also be assured through passage of a debt exclusion, expected in the spring of 2019. If you cannot attend any of the forums, you will able to provide your input in other ways, including electronically.

To learn more about the AHS project, and to receive updates by email, visit or follow progress on Facebook >> 

For specific information about the feasibility phase, read the site's blog >> 

 Official information about the high school building project 
Jan. 12, 2018: 125 attend as public process to launch AHS update underway
Dec. 20, 2017: Could new AHS be built elsewhere in town? 4 sites suggested
Dec. 12, 2017: AHS Building Committee prepares to focus on its visions'
Nov. 11, 2017: Cost, timeline, design for a changed Arlington High emerges
Oct. 24, 2017: Designer chosen for revamped Arlington High project
Oct. 4, 2017: 3 finalists chosen to design revamped Arlington High
May 25, 2016: State says Arlington High School rebuild can advance
Feb. 15, 2017: Arlington High School rebuild OK'd for next stage: Is it feasible? 
State Building Authority process >> 

Part of this news summary was published Wednesday, Dec. 20, 2017, and updated Jan. 1, to change emphasis to kickoff, and Jan. 2 and 3, to note the weather, as well as Jan. 10. It was updated further Jan. 12, 29 and March 1.

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