Lowell Sun | By Rick Sobey
December 11, 2016
BILLERICA – Shovels haven’t broken ground yet at the new high school site, but plenty of prep work is already taking place to get ready for construction this spring.
The day after Thanksgiving break, the Billerica Memorial High School project reached “an exciting new phase” with site enabling work in the field behind the existing high school, and then tree clearing for the construction road entrance off River Street. “All of this early work means the construction team will get a faster start in the spring,” said Superintendent Tim Piwowar, looking on at the construction prep work on Wednesday. “The more we can get done now, the better we’ll be in the spring.”
Shawmut Design and Construction is the general contractor for the $176 million high school, which is scheduled to open in fall 2019. Shawmut has already made significant strides at the site in only 10 days, Piwowar said. “It’s amazing how much work is going on,” he said.
The contractor cleared out the trees for the construction road entrance, and laid down gravel. This path off River Street will be the main entrance for construction traffic.