District News ➤ Article 26337
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Posted Date: 10/29/2018

Andover High School

In the fall of 2020, Andover High School students will begin their year in a new, state-of-the-art high school designed for the 21st century.

Construction started in late October on the new school, which will be located just east, or behind, the current AHS. The current gymnasiums, weight room, locker rooms and shops will remain. The new facility will be connected to that portion of the existing building.

The new AHS is the largest project among the $188 million in bond improvements approved by voters in May 2017.

After months of collaboration among staff, administrators and architects, the team is confident the new learning environment will provide new opportunities for students and staff alike.

Here are some quick facts about the new AHS.

Opening: Fall 2020.
Size: 298,000 square feet, including 240,000 square feet of new construction. The new district-wide swimming facility will be 15,500 of that total.
Cost: $61.9 million, funded through the bond issue approved by voters in May 2017.

Overview: The new building will replace a deteriorating current AHS facility. It will include flexible, 21st-century learning environments and improve safety and security improvements. Existing low, dark corridors and classrooms will be replaced by multi-level, open spaces with plenty of daylight.

Construction team: SJCF Architects, Hutton Construction, Icon Structures.

Highlights:

  • Classrooms are organized by subject into two-story pods that radiate from a central area, which contains multi-use collaboration spaces along its length. 
  • The north end of the main corridor terminates in an open lecture hall space called the “Learning Stair,” and area with tiered seating. This space can be utilized for staff meetings, student groups and guest lectures, as well as a large teaching space. 
  • A 970-seat auditorium that includes an orchestra pit. 
  • An eight-lane, district-wide swimming facility that can accommodate competitions, with seating for 250. 

Safety details:

  • FEMA-rated storm shelters to accommodate all building occupants. 
  • Controlled access main entry with security camera monitoring and buzzer entry.