EagleTribune.com, North Andover, MA

June 27, 2013

Squeezed construction season for school

By Dustin Luca

---- — ANDOVER — Though schools will close for the summer tomorrow, work to build a new Bancroft Elementary School will blaze forward in the summer heat.

But for other school projects throughout town, a late end to this school year and early start in August next year leaves so little time to knock out summer projects that many have started, even with students still in class.

The $50.4 million Bancroft Elementary School project, approved through two Special Town Meeting votes in 2010 and 2013, recently nailed down the project’s final construction costs after awarding the last outstanding contract, according to school Building Committee Chairman Tom Deso.

As the exterior walls to the school continue to go up and crews install the building’s roof, work has started on plumbing and electrical systems inside, Deso said.

The awarding of the final contract means all of the money dedicated to the project “has been encumbered,” Deso said.

Meanwhile, the town’s school summer projects — like the $1.25 million heating system installation at West Middle School and the $2.5 million Doherty Middle School repaving project — got a head start on the constricted summer, Ed Ataide, Andover’s maintenance superintendent, said.

For more details on the projects and how the short summer season affects them, read this week’s Andover Townsman, on stands now or at www.andovertownsman.com.