West Elementary & Shawsheen Preschool Building Project

What's happening behind the fence at the West Elementary and Shawsheen Building Project? 

Each week, we will share a time lapse video of the construction of the new schools as they are being built! From new equipment, weather conditions, and the progress of the buildings, check out the video to the right to see what happened last week! 

Previous Time Lapse Video

Week of January 23 – 30, 2023
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Thank you to Andover Voters for their approval of additional funding of the West Elementary and Shawsheen Preschool Project!

At the Town of Andover’s Special Town Meeting held on December 1, 2022, voters approved the additional funding for the West Elementary and Shawsheen Preschool construction project. To approve the supplemental appropriation, a two-thirds majority vote by town meeting voters was required. More information can be found here.

As of January 2023, construction of the concrete foundations for the new school has been completed. Crews have installed over three thousand tons of concrete. New underground utility installation has been ongoing for water piping and electrical service conduits. A new concrete retaining wall has been built which will separate the new bus drive area from the wetlands area. All adjacent wetlands areas are strictly monitored to maintain existing conditions and to ensure there is no intrusion from construction. Preparation is also underway for new structural steel framing to arrive and for assembly to begin in late January.

Project Background

After many years of planning, we are happy to report that construction of the new West Elementary and Shawsheen Preschool began in the summer of 2022. 

Fencing now separates the construction site for the new schools from the current school. There are new playgrounds and play areas, a new parking area, and new site circulation patterns. As shown on the map to the right, families dropping off or picking up their students will continue to enter school grounds from Beacon St., but now will exit onto High Plain Rd. Bus drop-off and pick-up will be unchanged.

Construction of the new schools is expected to take about two years, after which the current school will be demolished and playing fields and parking areas installed in its place. West El students and staff will be welcomed into their new school in August of 2024 for the start of the school year. Shawsheen students and staff will be welcomed to their new school the following August.

For those who would like to learn more about the project, please see the information below. The FAQs and Presentations sections contain lots of useful information. If you still have questions, please contact Joel Blumstein, the Building Committee Chair, at joel.blumstein@andoverma.us.

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WESB Project Timeline May 2022
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By the Numbers  
Enrollment 1,055 students (includes Pre-K)
Building Size 191,028 SF
MSBA Max Reimbursement Rate 45.85%
Effective Reimbursement Rate 22.87%
Total Project Budget $168,066,623
Anticipated MSBA Grant $38,442,820
Anticipated District Share $129,623,803

Module 7

Module 7

Overall Steps in the Process

MSBA Modules

Module 7 Presentations

Module 6 Presentations

Module 5 Presentations

West Elementary School video - May 2021

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Archived  previous presentations (Module 1 - Module 4)

Meetings are live-streamed on Andover TV and may be watched on Comcast 99 and Verizon 43.

To view a previous West El & Shawsheen PreK School Building Committee meeting, click here for video archives. For previous agendas and minutes, click here. 

Committee Members

Joel Blumstein
Andrew Flanagan
Town Manager
Susan McCready
School Committee
Tracey Spruce
School Committee
Dr. Magda Parvey SuperintendentJanet Nicosia
Director of Facilities
Keith Taverna
Assistant Superintendent of Finance & Administration
Elizabeth Roos
Jennifer Hunt
Heather Eigen
Donna Walsh
Finance Director
Paul Rollins
Siggy Pfendler
Armata Kirpalani
Rick Almeida
Mark Johnson
Carol Green

Owner’s Project Manager: PMA Consultants
Architect: SMMA
Construction Manager: Gilbane Building Company
Massachusetts School Building Authority (MSBA)