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High school contractor chosen

December 5, 2010

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The town will officially break ground on the high school renovation and expansion project at a ceremony at 9 a.m. Friday at the 60 Cabot Road site. The Massachusetts School Building Authority has committed to reimbursing the town for 56.1 percent of project costs it deems eligible for funding. The town last month selected Bacon Construction of Providence to serve as general contractor on the project, which calls for renovating 157,000 square feet of the existing high school and constructing additions totaling 92,000 square feet. Originally estimated to cost $79.8 million, the project is now expected to be nearly $9 million less, or $70.9 million. The bulk of the 11 percent reduction is the result of bids coming in lower than expected. Town Manager Wayne P. Marquis said the contractors hope to have begun demolition work and the laying of footings and foundations for an addition by the end of this year. — John Laidler