The Massachusetts School Building Authority earlier this week voted to move the building project to the schematic design phase.
“The MSBA and Concord-Carlisle will continue to work in collaboration to produce detailed renderings to determine the precise scope and budget of the proposed project,” MSBA Executive Director Katherine Craven said in a statement.
MSBA's Public Information Officer Carrie Sullivan explained the schematic design will help determine a more finite cost estimate and establish a timeline for the project. Other aspects of the design, such as how education spaces will be laid out and where science labs will go will be vetted out during in the schematic design.
"It's really fine tuning those items," Sullivan said.
Right now, the working estimate for for the new high school project is $92.4 million. MSBA has offered a preliminary reimbursement rate of 31 percent for the project, though that figure is subject to change based on the schematic design. If certain green initiatives or designs are integrated into the new school, additional reimbursement points may be added to MSBA's figure.
“This is a very exciting stage in the MSBA process. The schematic designs that will be produced will give us our first look at the improved Concord-Carlisle Regional High School," said State Treasurer Steve Grossman. "They will help us narrow the scope and budget of the project so that we can be sure the final product is efficient, sustainable and affordable."
While no official agreement has been struck between the CCHS district and the MSBA, Sullivan said the schematic design phase is a big step in that direction.
"The next step would be signing a project scope and budget agreement, which would go in front of our board again," she explained.
That is tentatively expected to take place on Wednesday, Sept. 28.
“We have worked diligently with Concord-Carlisle over the last several years," Craven said. "I look forward to continuing our work with them during this next stage in the process to replace the existing school with a new school that meets MSBA guidelines."