Andover Townsman, Andover, MA

Education

July 11, 2013

New Bancroft School a work in progress

By this time next year, it will be “out with the old, in with the new.”

The existing Bancroft School is scheduled for demolition soon after the end of the 2013-2014 school year, and a gleaming new, $50.4 million Bancroft will welcome students in the fall of 2014.

Work on the new school, approved by two special Town Meeting votes in 2010 and 2013, is continuing throughout the summer.

The project’s School Building Committee recently awarded the final subcontract on the job, bringing the school’s guaranteed maximum price to a final $40,218,065, according to committee Chairman Tom Deso.

The remaining $10.2 million approved for the $50.4 million project will cover the school’s design fees, project manager and other non-construction costs, according to Deso.

Work recently began on the school’s roof while the exterior walls continue to go up.

As the school year was ending, crews were “putting up the beginning of the exterior walls, and the next thing they’ll be doing is the brick work and the vinyl, the composite for the outside of the building,” Deso said.

The outer shell of the building — which will feature two classroom wings housing three grades on three floors, a gymnasium and an administrative wing at the front of the building — is in its final form, Deso said.

Beyond the exterior work, crews are also plugging away at the interior.

“They’ve been working inside the building for several weeks now — not finish work, but basic work, the overhead pipes, the duct work, that type of thing,” Deso said.

One piece of the new school is in final form: the last steel beam for the school. The beam, which was signed by current Bancroft students and town officials, is in place inside the school’s gymnasium. The signatures will remain permanently visible even after the school is completed.

Construction on the new school is slated to wrap up next April.

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