Construction work on Franklin, MA’s new high school appears to be right on schedule, increasing the likelihood of the new facility being ready to use by students, faculty and staff in the fall of 2014.
Complex taking shape
The new high school is taking shape as work progresses.
The next step in the scheduled construction is for workers to make the structure weather tight (roof on, exterior masonry sheathing complete). That milestone should be achieved in coming months before next winter’s wet and cold weather. Officials expect use of Franklin, Massachusetts’ new school complex will begin sometime during fall 2014. After that the old school structure will be demolished. A new athletic field complex is also in the works.
The new structure is huge!
With a total square footage exceeding 300,000 gross square feet, the new high school is designed to serve 1,600 students.
Included in the design is a performing arts complex with an 830-seat auditorium and a 17,000+ square foot gymnasium with a 6,000 square foot indoor walking track. You can see renderings of features of the new complex here.
The new Franklin High School is being built as part of the “model school” program maintained by the Massachusetts School Building Authority (MSBA). This program reduces construction costs by utilizing school designs that have already been built in other Massachusetts communities. The entire project in Franklin is expected to cost about $104 million. Franklin will pay approximately $47 million of the cost while the MSBA will cover the rest.