High School Construction Costs
Recently built and designed high schools in Massachusetts can be a guide to estimating what it will cost to build a new Lexington High School.
|2010 (opened)||Newton North||1,865||New||$197.5 mm|
|2016 (approved)||Somerville||1,590||Reconstruction||$257 mm|
|2017 (proposed)||Lowell||3,500||New||$344 mm|
|2017 (discussed)||Waltham||1,830||New||$283.5-299.6 mm|
As of December 1, 2017 LHS has 2,225 students. But with more developments and increasing enrollment, one might expect a capacity approaching 3,000 for a new LHS.
Since a new Lexington High School would not be opened before 2027, one would expect higher construction costs to apply, perhaps $400 million for a 3,000 student school. Against this MSBA might reimburse 30%, however this reimbursement does not apply to all aspects of the project (for example site preparation). Hence, Lexington taxpayers could be looking at $300 million local costs for a new high school.
Expensive, short-term modular solutions are now sprinkled across the LHS campus. These modulars have short life expectancies (10 years) and would be replaced in a new high school.