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Melrose moves forward with science lab renovations

Posted by Jarret Bencks  December 6, 2012 05:03 PM

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The City of Melrose is seeking a general contractor to oversee $4.5 million in improvements to the Melrose High School science labs, according to an announcement from the city.

The project, described as a "gut renovation" of the school's pre-existing labs, is expected to begin construction in March and be completed before the start of the 2013-2014 school year, according to the announcement. The work will encompass about 18,000 square feet in classroom and lab space.

In June, Melrose was chosen along with nine other public high schools to receive funding under the Massachusett School Building Authority’s Science Labratory Initiative, through which $60 million in federal stimulus money is being used to reimburse school districts with a percentage of the project’s cost. The Melrose grant will cover just under 50 percent of the total project budget.

The city has requested qualifications from general contractors, which must be submitted by Dec. 11.

Jarret Bencks can be reached at bencks.globe@gmail.com. Follow him on twitter @JarretBencks.

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