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New Avery School set for Sept. 1 groundbreaking

Posted by Michele Morgan Bolton  July 27, 2010 09:49 AM

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With a construction manager on board, and design plans falling into place, ground will be broken on site work for the new Avery School on Sept. 1, according to the chairman of Dedham's School Rehabilitation Building Committee.

"And we're on track with the construction schedule,'' Andy Lawlor said. "It will be completed in January 2010, and ready in March 2012."

Concigli Construction Co. Inc. of Milford has been named the construction manager at-risk for the $21.1 million elementary school near Pottery Lane in East Dedham. That means the company was chosen based on its ability to work with the town on the project, not that it offered the lowest bid as would have been the case in years past.

Residents approved the plan to build the new school, and the $3 million renovation of an adjoining athletic complex at Stone Park, last winter.

Once completed, the school campus will extend down Whiting Avenue from the Avery School to the fields, to the high school, district administrative offices, and then Dedham Middle School, officials have said.

"With the construction manager in place, we are itching to get going,'' Lawlor said.

The 88-year-old Avery School was deemed one of the 67 worst school buildings in the state in 2007 by the Massachusetts School Building Authority, and school and town officials were thrilled when the state agency agreed to give Dedham an $11 million grant if the town pays the rest.

The new, three-story, 61,000-square-foot school to be built on 5 acres has been estimated to cost the average home owner $14.64 per $100,000 of assessed valuation. For an average house assessed at $412,000, that cost is $60.36 per year or $1,510 over 25 years.

Michele Morgan Bolton can be reached at mmbolton1@verizon.net.

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