“We weren’t anticipating construction to start until September anyway, and we knew it was going to be a year-long process,” he said. “So we’re working around an active school regardless.”
Another facility upgrade taking place this summer that isn’t affected by the shortened season is the replacement of the high school’s tennis courts, Huntress said. This year’s Annual Town Meeting approved $400,000 for the project.
“Tennis is a spring sport and we can offset the completion schedule into the fall a little bit,” said Huntress, whose company is the architect on the project.
That should have a benefit on the cost, Huntress said. Since most school construction work must fit inside a June 1 to Aug. 15 window, contractors often demand a premium for projects within that time frame, he said. That won’t be the case for the tennis courts, which will see fence work and other aspects of the project continuing into the fall.
Bids for construction of the courts are due by July 11.