If Andover partners with the MSBA, a decision to build new or renovate existing will be made after an extensive feasibility study is conducted in conjunction with the MSBA. However, it is worth thinking about the pros and cons of each approach, particularly if Andover decides to undertake a high school project without MSBA assistance.
Some factors to consider in making a decision between new construction and an
• New construction is more costly than an addition/renovation.
• An addition plus renovation may be more environmentally friendly if it creates less demolition waste by reusing large parts of a building we already have.
• An addition plus renovation would have less impact on athletics because playing fields would largely be maintained, whereas new construction would likely take the space of existing playing fields.
• A newly constructed building would have a shorter construction timeline than a comprehensive addition plus renovation project.
• New construction would have a limited impact on academics during construction. While any renovation would be phased to minimize disruption, renovations are inherently complicated and disruptive. The phased approach of an addition/renovation project would also drive a longer construction timeline than would a new building.
• Once open, a newly constructed building would be more efficient to operate than an addition/renovation, with fewer break/fix activities and more routine maintenance.